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How our doctors diagnose atopic eczema

Atopic eczema is usually quite straightforward for a GP to diagnose. By looking at the affected skin and by going through your symptoms and medical history, they should be able to give you a diagnosis without any further tests. If not, you may be referred to a specialist who can investigate further.

The doctor may also ask about your family history, as the condition can run in families, and they may also ask whether you have any other conditions, such as hay fever or asthma.

You will need to provide as much information to the doctor as you can, which will help them give you a correct diagnosis. You can show them the affected areas over a video consultation. If you find that certain things make your skin irritation worse, you should let the doctor know, as this can help them understand whether certain things trigger the condition.

Once the doctor has a full understanding on how the atopic eczema is impacting you and your day-to-day life, they can recommend the right treatment, or refer you for further investigations.