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Eczema Clinical Diagnosis for Dry and Dermititis Eczema

A diagnosis of eczema is done by a dermatologist to find out the type of eczema the individual may be suffering from depending upon the symptoms displayed by the individual's skin. Eczema is normally diagnosed with the help of a physical examination. Routine follow up is a requisite in managing eczema. From the very beginning it is important that the individual forges a good relationship with the medical adviser in order to quell the problems and setbacks that may arise due to the skin condition and thus can be can be discussed and tackled jointly by the doctor and the individual.

Eczema Clinical Diagnosis for Dry and Dermititis Eczema

Depending on the pattern of the symptoms viewed on the skin, the doctor may ask the patient about his or hers personal and family allergy history, the history of exposure to allergen chemicals and the patient's contact with potential triggers in the environment, like poison ivy.

Both the patient and the doctor must take the skin condition seriously. If in doubt, the doctor may recommend further tests, or the patient may be referred to a skin specialist, or a dermatologist. Further tests may consist of skin biopsy, in which a tiny sample of the affected skin will be removed for testing, or patch tests, in which tiny patches of the different contents that are stuck to the skin for a few days to see if the patient reacts to any of them.

In most cases, the doctor diagnoses eczema by simply examining the affected skin. If the doctor suspects that the cause of eczema is due to allergies, patch testing with varied allergenic chemicals such as nickel, lanolin, perfumes etc. might be necessary. Blood tests are not constantly needed in diagnosing eczema. However, it depends upon the doctor's request to ascertain the presence of allergens or if the patient's symptoms are unusual. Sometimes the doctor may recommend a blood testing via a Radio-allergosorbent Test or a Paper Radio-immunosorbent Test (PRIST). In the particular test, the blood is mixed with different types of allergens and the antibody levels are thus measured. Particularly huge amounts of antibodies in the blood might indicate an allergy.

A history of close contact with chemicals is important as a prerequisite factor in determining eczema, and an exacerbating of symptoms after eating certain foods must be taken into account. Salicylates that are found in certain types of fruits, vegetables, and drinks can be determined as causing eczema. Moreover the patient may have intolerance towards foods containing colorings and flavorings, especially those based on azo dyes.