How Doctors Diagnose Eczema
There is no definitive test for eczema, so diagnosing the skin disease can take some time. “Eczema occurs when the skin is inflamed and irritated,” says dermatologist Dr. Howard D. Sobel. “The most common type of eczema is atopic dermatitis or atopic eczema. Atopic refers to a group of diseases that tend to develop as a response to allergic condition like asthma and hay fever.”
Diagnosing Eczema: Part One
There are several different kinds of eczema, which trigger rashes in different places on the body. Here are the key types of eczema:
- Atopic eczema: Itching, burning, redness and irritation of the skin characterize this form of eczema. Symptoms usually flare up on the chest, back, hands and face.
- Nummular (discoid) eczema: This form of eczema triggers coin-shaped rashes on the legs and buttocks.
- Dyshidrotic eczema: Irritation on the palms of the hands and soles of the feet may indicate a diagnosis of dyshidrotic eczema.
- Seborrheic eczema: Oily, yellow and scaly patches, particularly on the face and scalp, characterize this form of eczema.
Some other things doctors will look for: an extra fold of skin under the eye, dark eyelids, skin creases on the hands, and leathery skin.
Diagnosis Eczema: Part Two
Doctors will generally ask whether there is family history of eczema or other allergies like asthma or hay fever. They will also inquire into possible irritants and triggers, such as:
- Synthetic fibers
- Poison ivy
- Frequent hand washing
- Some foods
- Some prescription drugs
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