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How does a doctor diagnose and treat eczema?

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Your doctor can tell if you have eczema based on your symptoms, medical and family history, and what seems to trigger your outbreaks. You may need to see a dermatologist -- a doctor who specializes in skin.

No test proves you have eczema, but your doctor may try skin patch tests to see what causes a rash.

Work with a doctor to find good treatments. Your symptoms, age, family history, other health problems, and lifestyle can help guide treatment. Most eczema treatments give short-term relief.

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: Atopic dermatitis (eczema): “Alternative medicine,” “Causes,” “Lifestyle and home remedies,” “Risk factors,” “Treatments and drugs.”

American Academy of Dermatology: “Different kinds of eczema,” “What is eczema.”

National Eczema Society: “Topical Steroids,” “What is Eczema?”

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: “What Is Atopic Dermatitis?”

American Osteopathic College of Dermatology: “Antihistamines,” “Eczema.”

National Eczema Association: “Itching for relief.”

British Journal of Dermatology: “The effect of environmental tobacco smoke on eczema and allergic sensitization in children.”

FDA: “FDA approves new eczema drug Dupixent.”

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on July 3, 2019

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: Atopic dermatitis (eczema): “Alternative medicine,” “Causes,” “Lifestyle and home remedies,” “Risk factors,” “Treatments and drugs.”

American Academy of Dermatology: “Different kinds of eczema,” “What is eczema.”

National Eczema Society: “Topical Steroids,” “What is Eczema?”

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: “What Is Atopic Dermatitis?”

American Osteopathic College of Dermatology: “Antihistamines,” “Eczema.”

National Eczema Association: “Itching for relief.”

British Journal of Dermatology: “The effect of environmental tobacco smoke on eczema and allergic sensitization in children.”

FDA: “FDA approves new eczema drug Dupixent.”

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on July 3, 2019

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