How can I tell if I have eczema?
The best way to find out if you have eczema is to see a
dermatologist. There are several types of eczema, and other skin
conditions can resemble eczema. It takes experience to accurately
diagnose these conditions. Without an accurate diagnosis, treatment
often is ineffective.
If a dermatologist suspects a patient has eczema, the doctor will:
Visually examine the patientís skin
Obtain the patientís medical history if
one is not already on file
Ask questions, such as when the
condition first appeared
This may be all the trained eye of a
dermatologist needs to diagnose eczema. If a dermatologist believes
the condition is a type of eczema known as allergic contact
dermatitis, a safe and effective test called patch testing
may be ordered. This test can help identify what is causing the
allergy. Occasionally, after looking at the patientís medical
history and skin, other tests may be ordered.
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