Atopic Dermatitis (Eczema)
When To Call a Doctor
Call your doctor if you or your child has atopic dermatitis and:
- Itching makes you or your child irritable.
- Itching is interfering with daily activities or with sleep.
- There are crusting or oozing sores, severe scratch marks, widespread rash, severe discoloration of the skin, or a fever that is accompanied by a rash.
- Painful cracks form on the hands or fingers.
- Atopic dermatitis on the hands interferes with daily school, work, or home activities.
of bacterial infection develop. These include:
- Increased pain, swelling, redness, tenderness, or heat.
- Red streaks extending from the area.
- A discharge of pus.
- A fever of 100.4°F (38°C) or higher with no other cause.
Who to see
For the diagnosis and treatment of atopic dermatitis, consult with a:
- Reference Family medicine doctor Opens New Window.
- Reference Nurse practitioner Opens New Window.
- Reference Physician assistant Opens New Window.
- Reference Pediatrician Opens New Window.
- Reference Dermatologist Opens New Window.
If Reference food Opens New Window or other allergies are suspected to be a factor in atopic dermatitis, you can see an Reference allergist (immunologist) Opens New Window for specialized evaluation. For more information, see the topic Reference Food Allergies.
To prepare for your appointment, see the topic Reference Making the Most of Your Appointment.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: Reference April 17, 2012|
|Medical Review:||Reference Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
Reference Amy McMichael, MD - Dermatology