Atopic Dermatitis (Eczema) - When To Call a Doctor
Call your doctor if you or your
atopic dermatitis and:
- Itching makes you or your child irritable.
- Itching is interfering with daily activities or with
- There are crusting or oozing sores, severe scratch marks,
widespread rash, severe discoloration of the skin, or a fever that is
accompanied by a rash.
cracks form on the hands or fingers.
- Atopic dermatitis on the
hands interferes with daily school, work, or home activities.
of bacterial infection develop. These include:
- Increased pain, swelling, redness,
tenderness, or heat.
- Red streaks extending from the
- A discharge of pus.
- A fever of
100.4°F (38°C) or higher with
no other cause.
Who to see
For the diagnosis and treatment of atopic dermatitis,
consult with a:
food or other allergies are suspected to be a factor
in atopic dermatitis, you can see an
allergist (immunologist) for specialized evaluation.
For more information, see the topic
To prepare for your appointment, see the topic Making the Most of Your Appointment.
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
April 17, 2012
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