How can I tell if my child has eczema?

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Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Here's a trick you can use to diagnose eczema: "Draw" on your child's arm with a fingernail. After about ten seconds, the red line will turn white. Really allergic kids will get a "wheal and flare" response, where it goes white first, then gets red and puffy like a linear hive along the line of the scratch.
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