Signs and Symptoms of Discoid Eczema

The signs and symptoms of discoid eczema, also known as nummular eczema, include:

  1. Round or coin-shaped patches: The patches are usually several centimeters in diameter and are well-defined, with raised, scaly borders.
  2. Itching: The patches are often itchy, especially at night.
  3. Dry, scaly skin: The skin in the patches may appear dry and scaly, with cracks and fissures.
  4. Redness: The patches may be red and inflamed.
  5. Blisters: In severe cases, the patches may develop blisters that ooze and crust over.
  6. Skin thickening: Over time, the skin in the patches may become thickened and leathery.

Patches of discoid eczema can sometimes become infected. Signs of an infection can include:

  • the patches oozing a lot of fluid
  • a yellow crust developing over the patches
  • the skin around the patches becoming hot, swollen and tender or painful
  • feeling sick
  • feeling hot or shivery
  • feeling unwell

The signs and symptoms of discoid eczema can vary in severity and duration, and may come and go. It is important to consult with a healthcare provider for proper diagnosis and treatment.