10 Questions for Your Doctor About Eczema

1. What’s the best way to add moisture to my skin? Can I use over-the-counter products, or do you need to prescribe something?

2. Do I need to buy special soaps, lotions, and laundry detergent? Do fragrance-free or sensitive-skin products help?

3. Are there foods that I should avoid to keep flares at bay?

4. Are there fabrics that I should avoid wearing? What about fabrics I should wear often?

5. Do pets make symptoms worse?

6. If sweating makes things worse, can I still exercise?

7. What’s next if my symptoms don’t improve or I get an infection from scratching my skin?

8. Does stress lead to flare-ups?

9. Are long periods of time without symptoms common?

10. Are there ways I can treat my skin to reduce my chances of another flare-up?

WebMD Medical Reference Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner, MD on June 01, 2018



National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: “What is atopic dermatitis?”

National Eczema Society: “Emollients” and “Topical steroids.”

American Academy of Family Physicians: “Eczema and atopic dermatitis.”

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