People who get this skin problem often see distinct, coin-shaped (nummular) or oval sores on their skin. Nummular dermatitis often appears after a skin injury, such as a burn, abrasion (from friction), or insect bite. A person may see 1 or many patches. These patches can last for weeks or months. Nummular eczema is not contagious
Men get nummular dermatitis more often than women get it. Men often have their first outbreak between 55 and 65 years of age. When women get it, they are usually younger. They tend to be teenagers or young adults.
These sores can be stubborn and uncomfortable. Treatment for nummular dermatitis consists of the following:
- Protect your skin from getting scraped, cut, or injured in any other way. A skin injury can worsen nummular dermatitis.
- Hydrate your skin. You can do this by taking a 20-minute lukewarm bath or shower once a day. Within 3 minutes of getting out of the water, apply a moisturizer to your still-damp skin. This helps hydrate dry skin. It also relieves the itch and scaling. Adding bath oil to the water also may help. Beware that some oils can irritate your skin. A dermatologist can recommend bath oil that will not irritate your skin.
- Medication– Medicine prescribed to treat the skin includes corticosteroid ointments and tar creams. These help reduce inflammation (redness and swelling) and itch. An oral (by mouth) antihistamine that makes you drowsy can help you sleep.
If you have a bad case or widespread nummular dermatitis, you may need:
- Medicated dressings (bandages)
- Phototherapy (treatment with light)
- Oral antibiotics
- Systemic (taken by mouth or injected) corticosteroids
- Bed rest in a cool and moist room (You can keep the room moist with a humidifier.)
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