Talking to Your Doctor About Eczema (Atopic Dermatitis)
- Bring someone else with you. It helps to have another person hear what is said and think of questions to ask.
- Write out your questions ahead of time, so you don't forget them.
- Write down the answers you get, and make sure you understand what you are hearing. Ask for clarification, if necessary.
- Don't be afraid to ask your questions or ask where you can find more information about what you are discussing. You have a right to know.
- Why do I have eczema?
- What caused the condition?
- Does eczema have anything to do with my hay fever, asthma, or allergies?
- Am I doing anything that makes it worse?
- Does stress play a role in eczema?
- Based on my symptoms and family and medical history, am I at risk for developing eczema?
- Are my children at risk for developing eczema?
- What treatment options are available to me?
- How much improvement can I expect from this treatment?
- What side effects should I watch for?
- What can I do to alleviate the itching (or other symptoms)?
- How will we know if the treatment is working?
- How will we know if I need to consult with another or a different specialist?
- What type of lifestyle changes should I make to prevent another eczema outbreak?
- Will I still be able to exercise? Are there any precautions I should take during exercise?
- What is the prognosis of my case? What can I expect in the future?
- Is it likely that eczema will recur?
- Will it get worse?
National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases website. Available at: http://www.niams.nih.gov.
- Reviewer: Michael Woods, MD
- Review Date: 12/2014 -
- Update Date: 12/20/2014 -
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