Infant, Children and Adult Eczema Photos

These eczema photos (atopic dermatitis) show the various forms of the condition. The condition is used to refer to a broad range of skin problems that are usually characterized by red skin lesions, skin crusts, itch and dry or pus filled areas.  It can affect people of all ages, with different forms appearing all over the body. The following eczema pictures depict the most common forms of the disorder. The condition usually begins as an infant or in childhood, and rarely begins as an adult.

Atopic dermatitis is frequently found on the neck, behind the elbows, on the hands and behind the knees. In childhood eczema, a typical localized area is around the mouth in addition to the aforementioned locations on the body.

Seborrheic Eczema (Cradle Cap)

In infants, a form of eczema called cradle cap causes redness and yellow scaling on the face, scalp and in body folds. It occurs in 2% to 5% of children in the first months after being born. It is more common in males.  Treatment includes the rubbing of warm olive oil into the scalp and the use of a mild shampoo.

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Eczema Photo of Newborn with Symptoms on Scalp (Cradle Cap) and Face

Infantile Eczema (Infantile Atopic Dermatitis)

These eczema pictures of children depict a condition caused by atopy, which is a heredity disorder where the body produces abnormal levels of antibodies in reaction to different types of allergies. This includes food allergy and seasonal inhaled allergies.

The disorder goes by several names including infantile atopic dermatitis, infantile eczema, atopic eczema, and disseminated neurodermatitis.

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Family Suffering from Atopic Dermatitis
Source: Principles of Pediatric Dermatology

Infantile eczema starts to appear before age 6 months. It can also appear as the child gets older or during adulthood. Most children are age 3 to 12 when they experience symptoms. Lesions are found on the cheeks, behind the knee, behind the elbow, and on the neck.

In infants, atopic dermatitis that are triggered by food are often caused by oranges, wheat, cereals, egg whites and milk.  Inhaled allergens that are culprits in this skin condition are pets (cats, dogs) ,dust, wool, bird dander, feathers.

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Acute Eczema on Child

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Chronic Infantile Eczema on Face

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Eczema from Food Allergy on Face Before Treatment

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Eczema Cure on Child's Face after treatment with antihistamine drops (Fenistil), a non steroidal ointment (Flogocid) and a Erythromycin suspension.

Atopic Dermatitis (Eczema in Children)

After age 4, atopic dermatitis is referred to as childhood atopic dermatitis. Symptoms include very red skin (erythematous), dry lesions (in most cases), and generalized skin flaking. Symptoms usually appear in front or at the bend of the elbow, behind the knee, on the wrist and on both sides of the neck.

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Eczema on Arms

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Childhood Eczema on Arms

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Eczema photo of atopic dermatitis on Child's Legs
Source: Principles of Pediatric Dermatology

Adult Eczema (Adult Atopic Dermatitis)

Eczema in adults is usually less acute or sudden in adults, than in cases seen in children. Typical food based causes include dairy, seafood, eggs, wheat, coffee, tea, nuts, mango, lemon, strawberry and canned foods. Environmental causes include pollen.

Allergy shots, which desensitize the patient to a particular allergen can help.  If food based, an elimination diet, can help to identify the specific food component causing the problem.

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Eczema on Hands

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Chronic Adult Eczema (chronic adult dermatitis)

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