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Alternate Names : Atopic Dermatitis, Atopic Eczema

Eczema | Symptoms & Signs | Diagnosis & Tests | Prevention & Expectations | Treatment & Monitoring

How is the condition diagnosed?

The healthcare provider will usually obtain a family and personal history of allergy-related conditions. A thorough exam will usually be done to examine the rash and rule out any other possible causes for the rash. The provider may take a sample of fluid oozing from a lesion and send it to the laboratory to identify what organism is present.

Sometimes a biopsy of the lesions may be done. For a skin biopsy, the provider takes a small sample of skin and sends it to the laboratory to rule out other causes. If the rash continues, blood tests may also be done.

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Author: Eileen McLaughlin, RN, BSN
Reviewer: Gail Hendrickson, RN, BS
Date Reviewed: 07/27/01

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