Redness. Inflammation. Itching. All of this is irritating when affecting our skin.

And if the genitals are affected, the emotional impact can be enormous, said Anthony Hall, a dermatologist with the Male Genital Dermatology Clinic in the Skin Health Institute at Melbourne, Australia, and an associate professor at Deakin University School of Medicine.

Granted, most skin conditions elicit some emotional reaction, Hall added. Eczema is no exception. The term refers to a group of conditions that cause the skin to become itchy, inflamed or have a rash-like appearance, according to the National Eczema Association (NEA).

Hall pointed out that eczema is synonymous with dermatitis, as both refer to inflammation of the skin, or red and itchy skin that tends to result in scratching.

Types of skin problems

The NEA identifies several types of eczema. Atopic dermatitis, a chronic and inflammatory disease related to genetic or personal predisposition to hypersensitive skin, remains the most