This patient information and photograph on Nummular Eczema is provided by John L. Meisenheimer, M.D. a board certified Dermatologist and skin care specialist based in Orlando, Florida. This information is not intended as a substitute for the medical advice or treatment of a dermatologist or other physician.
What is it? Nummular eczema is a peculiar disorder of the skin. It can occur at any age, but it is more commonly seen in middle aged and older adults. Typically it appears as a round or coin shaped patch of skin that turns red and begins to itch. It may occur anywhere on the skin and typically more than one spot will be present. Click here for other types of eczema.
What causes it? Nummular eczema is an inflammatory disease of the skin. Although the
exact cause is unknown, we do know that cool dry weather and hot baths often make it worse. It is not an allergy or a fungus.
Is it dangerous? For the typical healthy person nummular eczema is a harmless disorder. It is not related to cancer, and it does not involve internal organs.
Can it be cured? The treatment program I put you on will help control or clear the nummular eczema, but it is not a cure. Even if the disorder is totally cleared, you will still be predisposed to have repeat episodes. Repeat treatments may be needed and some individuals may require continuous therapy. Sometimes it can be helped by using moisturizers on a regular basis. Please see my recommendations for moisturizers.
Will it spread? New areas of involvement may continue to form. Treatment may help to prevent or control further spreading.
Is it contagious? It is not contagious and you can not "catch it" from anyone.