How to Diagnose Eczema

Accurate diagnosis of any skin problem is the first step in treating the problem and preventing it from occurring again. Diagnosing eczema can be quite difficult, as this chronic skin condition can resemble a number of other skin problems. For this reason, it is important to consult with a dermatologist who experienced in diagnosing and treating eczema. With offices throughout NYC, Suffolk County, and Nassau County, our team of dermatologists has been helping patients manage eczema so that episodes of this painful disorder become less frequent and severe.

To diagnose eczema, our dermatologist will first talk to you about your medical history and the symptoms you have been experiencing. He will also examine your skin. Eczema is characterized by the presence of any of the following symptoms: itching and dryness, swelling, redness, discoloration, flaking, blistering or oozing, crusting, cracking, or bleeding. Itching skin is one of the most common problems associated with eczema. The need to itch may be so strong that the patients cannot control themselves or itch without conscious awareness. Scratching a lesion can result in scarring and further complications. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms on an ongoing or recurrent basis, eczema could be the culprit.

Eczema can appear differently in each person and its symptoms are easily confused with other disorders, such as contact dermatitis (a reaction to a substance that irritates the skin), psoriasis, or hives. As such, your medical history and the medical history of your family may help your doctor diagnosis eczema. The exact cause of this skin disorder is not known, but it is believed that eczema is caused by a combination of environmental and genetic factors. Eczema is considered to be part of a “trifecta” of chronic problems that includes asthma and seasonal allergies (hay fever). If you suffer from asthma and seasonal allergies, it is much more likely that your skin problem is eczema. Likewise, if family members suffer from asthma, rashes, and other allergy-related medical conditions, eczema is more likely to be diagnosed.

There are no specific tests that are used to diagnose eczema; however, our skin doctor may recommend that you undergo allergy testing in order to identify possible irritants or triggers. There is also no cure for eczema. Rather, the condition is one that is managed through a variety of medications, moisturizing routines, and/or lifestyle changes. Our dermatologists may observe how you respond to recommended treatments before giving a final diagnosis of eczema, as response or lack of response to certain medications may provide the doctor with a better idea of the condition.

Eczema is a complex and chronic skin condition that can make the sufferer’s life quite uncomfortable – but there is no need to continue suffering. By working with one of our experienced New York dermatologists, you can find relief from eczema and may be able to prevent future episodes from occurring. Don’t delay in seeking a diagnosis to any skin problem. This is a critical first step in regaining control and working towards healthier skin and a more comfortable life. With offices throughout NY, we are likely to have a location near you.