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How is atopic dermatitis (eczema) diagnosed?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Atopic dermatitis is usually diagnosed with a doctor's visit and a quick look at your family's medical history. Unfortunately, a test to confirm the diagnosis hasn't yet been created, so you may have to visit your doctor several times to get an accurate diagnosis. It may be necessary to get an evaluation from a skin or allergy specialist as well. Through a process of elimination your doctor may be able to pinpoint a few specific factors that exacerbate your condition, making it easier to manage in the future.

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