Eczema, also known as atopic dermatitis, is a chronic inflammatory skin condition that can cause peeling, itching, and sometimes oozing. It can also lead to the formation of white spots on the skin. These spots may appear slowly or all at once, and they can be accompanied by red rashes with raised bumps. Eczema is usually itchy, and the affected areas may appear dry, thickened, or scaly.
White spots can be caused by a variety of conditions, including eczema, worm infections, vitiligo, and nonmelanoma skin cancer. If you have white spots on your skin, it's important to talk to your doctor to determine the cause and get the right treatment. Depending on the severity of the white spots and how you feel about their appearance, several treatment options may be used to help reduce or limit symptoms. In this article, we'll discuss the relationship between eczema and white spots on the skin, as well as other causes of white spots and available treatments.
What Causes White Spots?White spots can be caused by a variety of conditions, including eczema, worm infections, vitiligo, and nonmelanoma skin cancer.
EczemaEczema is a chronic inflammatory skin condition that can cause peeling, itching, and sometimes oozing.
Worm InfectionsIf the cause of white spots on the skin is actually a worm infection, this must be confirmed with a stool sample so that treatment can be started.
VitiligoVitiligo is a condition in which patches of skin lose their pigment due to destruction of melanocytes (the cells that produce melanin).
It usually appears as small white spots on the skin that may have jagged edges and different textures or colors. People with lighter skin are more likely to develop vitiligo over the age of 40.
Nonmelanoma Skin CancerNonmelanoma skin cancer is a type of cancer that affects the outer layer of the skin (the epidermis).
What Is The Relationship Between Eczema And White Spots?Eczema is always itchy, and sometimes itching starts before a rash appears.
When these rashes disappear, they can make the skin area look whiter due to hypopigmentation (clearer skin patches). In people with darker skin tones, eczema can cause discoloration of the affected area making it lighter or darker than the surrounding skin. Additionally, wrinkles under the eyes (known as Dennie-Morgan folds) accompanied by dark circles are common pigmentary features of severe atopic eczema on all skin types.
Treatment Options For White SpotsIf you want to reduce the appearance of these white spots, talk to your doctor about calcineurin inhibitors or laser treatments. Some people with vitiligo find cover-up cosmetics to be an effective option for reducing the appearance of white spots.
Treatment for eczema focuses on relieving and preventing itching.