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What is Weeping Eczema?
Weeping eczema – also commonly known as discoid eczema – is a type of eczema that appears as crusty rashes that extrudes a clear liquid along with its blisters. Is your weeping skin weeping Eczema?
It is also possible to have weeping eczema as a secondary symptom of another type of eczema. This type of weeping eczema usually happens once your eczema creates an open wound, allowing other bacteria for infection.
Most commonly, the type that creates weeping eczema is usually Staphylococcus Aureus (Staphy A). Considered to be a common and harmless bacteria that resides on human skin. When it infects an open wound, it will create the weeping syndrome as a sign of infection.
How do I know if I have Weeping Eczema?
Weeping eczema is extremely hard to miss due to its nature. If you find yourself with blisters or rashes that are expelling some form of liquid and are wet to touch, it is likely that it is weeping eczema.
If in doubt, look out for:
- Crusty rashes or blisters with liquid.
- The color of the liquid will help you diagnose which weeping eczema type you have:
- If it is yellow or milky, you have the secondary type, which is a wound infection.
- If it is clear, it is usually discoid eczema.
Additionally, be aware that if you have the secondary type, there’s a chance it might evolve into a staph infection, in which you need to look out for:
- Feeling of on and off fevers.
- Chills and shivers.
- Your blisters and rashes have started having pus and blood instead of the milky or yellowish liquid.
- Your weeping eczema disappears, but it relapses – a sign of an infection that’s happening in a deeper level of your immune system.
While it is annoying, itchy, and feels rather disgusting, weeping eczema is not life threatening or contagious.
However, if you are experiencing any symptoms that feel like a staph infection, immediately consult a doctor!
What should I do if I have Weeping Eczema?
While it is tempting to immediately go for your steroid cream in order to deal with weeping eczema, it is actually one of the worst ways to do it. As you know, steroid cream always has a chance of creating steroid withdrawal with your skin.
Additionally, steroid cream will only briefly clear the area of the infection briefly. But as Staphy A is found very commonly on human skin, it’ll quickly reoccur, rendering steroid cream applications useless in the long term.
If you have weeping eczema (this applies to both types), these are the recommended steps:
- Make sure you clean your inflicted area thoroughly. This could be done by either soaking gauze with sterilized water or saline solution, which helps draw the bacteria out of your open wound.
- You could also use a gauze soaked with sterilized water or saline solution to soak the inflicted skin.
- Thoroughly and very gently remove the crusted liquid from your skin, but don’t forcefully scratch any scabs off – you might hurt your skin even more!
- Regularly moisturize the area with cream like Aveeno Eczema Therapy Moisturizing Treatment Cream.
- As always with any form of wound, make sure to pat yourself dry instead of rubbing it dry. Do anything you could to reduce any possible irritation on your weeping skin.
- And lastly, to reduce the likelihood of having weeping eczema again, make sure to eat appropriately and avoid food that will cause allergic reactions.
If you have done all of the above, your weeping eczema should last only for a few days before disappearing. If it lasts any longer, make sure to check in with a dermatologist to figure out what’s the next step should be.