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How is eczema diagnosed and treated?

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There are no blood or lab tests to diagnose eczema. Your doctor will look at your symptoms to figure out the severity of your eczema and decide on treatment. Each different type of eczema can range in severity from mild to severe.

Don’t be surprised if your doctor thinks your eczema is less severe than you believe it is. One study found that 40% of patients rated their eczema as severe while just 18% of doctors gave it the same rating.

From: How Severe Is Your Eczema? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

National Eczema Association.

National Eczema Society.

Mayo Clinic: "Atopic Dermatitis/Eczema."

Cvetkowski, R. , 2005. British Journal of Dermatology

Shiohara, T. , 2011. Current Problems in Dermatology

American Academy of Allergy Asthma and Immunology: “How to Measure Clinical Signs of Atopic Dermatitis.”

University of Nottingham: “How to use EASI.”

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases: "Eczema (Atopic Dermatitis) Treatment.”

American Academy of Dermatology: “Atopic Dermatitis.”

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on June 1, 2018

SOURCES:

National Eczema Association.

National Eczema Society.

Mayo Clinic: "Atopic Dermatitis/Eczema."

Cvetkowski, R. , 2005. British Journal of Dermatology

Shiohara, T. , 2011. Current Problems in Dermatology

American Academy of Allergy Asthma and Immunology: “How to Measure Clinical Signs of Atopic Dermatitis.”

University of Nottingham: “How to use EASI.”

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases: "Eczema (Atopic Dermatitis) Treatment.”

American Academy of Dermatology: “Atopic Dermatitis.”

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on June 1, 2018

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