Call your doctor if you or your child has atopic dermatitis and:
- Itching makes you or your child irritable.
- Itching is interfering with daily activities or with sleep.
- 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.
- Painful cracks form on the hands or fingers.
- Atopic dermatitis on the hands interferes with daily school, work, or home activities.
- Signs of bacterial infection develop. These include:
- Increased pain, swelling, redness, tenderness, or heat.
- Red streaks extending from the area.
- 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:
To prepare for your appointment, see the topic Making the Most of Your Appointment.