Signs of Eczema

Since there are actually many different forms of atopic dermatitis, it may be difficult to determine which specific form of atopic dermatitis a patient may be suffering from. However, itchiness and a skin rash are the most common symptoms.

Additional Signs of Atopic Dermatitis

  • Chronically itchy, dry, or thickened skin.
  • Itchy patches of skin that can become inflamed, or result in weepy, open sores with excessive scratching.
  • Itchy areas that progress to itchy, fluid-filled blisters.
  • atopic dermatitis in children is often found in folded areas of skin, such as elbows, necks, and knees.

How to Diagnose Eczema

Diagnosing atopic dermatitis can be challenging. If you suspect that you or your child may have atopic dermatitis, here are some things to keep in mind:

  • Is the afflicted area red, itchy, or inflamed?
  • Is this a recurring symptom?
  • Is the rash scaly?

If the answer to any of these questions is, “yes,” then you may have atopic dermatitis. You should consult with a doctor to confirm your suspicions.

How a Doctor Diagnoses Atopic Dermatitis

If you suspect that you have atopic dermatitis, you should schedule a consultation with your doctor. In determining whether or not you have atopic dermatitis, your doctor may do the following:

  • Gather a detailed history of your medical history
  • Take a blood sample for testing
  • Conduct a skin biopsy
  • Conduct an allergy skin test

Additional tests may be required.

Additional Information from the National Eczema Council (NEA)

To learn more about the 7 types of Eczema please visit our partner organization, the NEA.