Weeping eczema means you have eczema with pus-filled blisters. These sores literally weep, resulting in oozing or wetness. The pus is usually yellow or clear in color and eventually dries up as a crusty layer on your skin. Keep reading to learn more about what causes weeping eczema and how to treat it.
Is it normal for eczema to ooze?
Sometimes, tiny blisters containing clear fluid can form and the affected areas of skin can weep. Weeping is a sign that the dermatitis has become infected, usually with the bacterium Staphylococcus aureus (‘golden staph’). Eczema is not contagious.
What is the liquid in eczema blisters?
The fluid in eczema blisters is interstitial fluid, or fluid between the cells that gathers when there is inflammation. If there is an infection, bacteria, fungi, or yeast may be present as well.
Should you drain eczema blisters?
Do not pop the blisters of dyshidrotic eczema because of the risk of infection. A doctor may prescribe a cream to help the rash heal.
What does weeping eczema look like?
Weeping eczema can occur anywhere on the body and is sometimes accompanied by red or purple blisters that ooze or “weep” clear- to straw-colored fluid. Occasionally, areas affected by eczema can become infected and ooze pus-colored fluid. When this happens, a different type of treatment is usually needed.
Does weeping eczema mean infection?
Weeping eczema is often caused by an infection. Your skin can become infected if you scratch it too much or if it becomes cracked. This allows bacteria, viruses, or fungi to enter the exposed area. An infection can worsen eczema symptoms and make your condition more difficult to treat.
Can eczema look like blisters?
Pompholyx (dyshidrotic eczema) is a type of eczema that causes tiny blisters to develop across the fingers, palms of the hands and sometimes the soles of the feet. It can affect people of any age, but it’s most often seen in adults under 40. Pompholyx can sometimes be confused with similar-looking conditions.
How do you dry out eczema blisters?
applying cool compresses to your skin 2 to 4 times per day, for 15 minutes at a time. rubbing on a prescription steroid cream to reduce inflammation and help the blisters clear. taking an antihistamine after discussing with your doctor. trying an anesthetic anti-itch medication such as pramoxine.
What does infected eczema look like?
Signs of an infection
your eczema getting a lot worse. fluid oozing from the skin. a yellow crust on the skin surface or small yellowish-white spots appearing in the eczema. the skin becoming swollen and sore.
Can weeping eczema spread?
For example, if there’s excessive weeping or tenderness in the patches of eczema. Infection can spread quickly, and the use of topical corticosteroid creams can mask or further spread the infection.