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Eczema Assessment Questionnaire

Questions Your Doctor May Ask - and Why!

During a consultation, your doctor will use various techniques to assess the symptom: Eczema. These will include a physical examination and possibly diagnostic tests. (Note: A physical exam is always done, diagnostic tests may or may not be performed depending on the suspected condition) Your doctor will ask several questions when assessing your condition. It is important to openly share any pertinent information to help your doctor make an accurate diagnosis.

It is also very important to bring an up-to-date list of all of your all medical conditions, medications including dosages, and names of numbers of any specialist you see.

Create your printable checklist by answering questions that your doctor may ask below:

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  1. How long have you had atopic dermatitis (eczema)?

    Why: to establish if acute or chronic.

  2. What areas of the body are affected by eczema?

    Why: e.g. the typical distribution of classical atopic dermatitis (eczema) changes as the person grows older. In infants the rash is usually on the cheeks of the face, the folds of the neck and scalp. It may then spread to the limbs and groin. During childhood a drier ad thicker rash develops in front of the elbow, behind the knees and on the hands and feet, which may be dry, itchy, cracked and painful. Rarely does eczema have an adult onset.

  3. What symptoms do you have of eczema?

    Why: e.g. itch, red skin, dry skin, scaling skin, cracked skin, blisters, puffy and swollen skin.

  4. Have you used any new cosmetic products recently?

    Why: e.g. perfumes, hair sprays etc may cause allergic contact dermatitis.

  5. Trigger factors?

    Why: e.g. soap, frequent washing, chlorinated water, bubbles baths, sweating (because it is drying), sand pits, winter months, extremes of hot and cold weather, emotional stress, wool clothing or blankets, chemical disinfectants, detergents, scratching or rubbing, pregnancy, menstruation, various food stuffs.

  6. Past history of skin conditions?

    Why: e.g. eczema is usually chronic relapsing.

  7. Past medical history?

    Why: e.g. presence of other allergic type conditions such as asthma, hives and hay fever; varicose veins may suggest varicose eczema (patches of dry scaly skin that overlie leg varicose veins).

  8. Medications?

    Why: e.g. topical antibiotics, topical anesthetics, topical antihistamines may cause allergic contact dermatitis.

  9. Known allergies?

    Why: e.g. plants (grevillea, poison ivy), rubber, resins, coral, perfumes, dyes, metal salts (nickel, chromate).

  10. Occupational history?

    Why: important with respect to allergic contact dermatitis e.g. contact with resins, rubber, latex, dyes.

  11. Family history?

    Why: e.g. eczema, asthma, hives, hay fever.

  12. Weepy and crusty skin with pus-filled lesions?

    Why: may suggest secondary infection.

  13. Blister-like lesions occurring on eczema skin?

    Why: may suggest eczema herpeticum (herpes simplex virus skin infection on underlying eczema affected skin.

  14. Loss of hair?

    Why: e.g. loss of the outer 1/3 of eyebrows due to the rubbing of eyelids.

  15. Dark skin around eyes?

    Why: may be the result of compulsively rubbing the eyelids.

  16. Symptoms of nummular (discoid) eczema?

    Why: e.g. red, coin-shaped patches which are crusted, scaly and itchy. Often symmetrical and occurring mainly on the legs but also the buttocks and trunk.

  17. Symptoms of allergic contact dermatitis?

    Why: e.g. may range from faint redness to severe swelling, symptoms are often worse in area around the eyes, genitals and on hairy skin, symptoms are least on hairless skin such as palms and soles. Allergic contact dermatitis is usually confined to the site of exposure to the allergen.

  18. Symptoms of pityriasis alba?

    Why: another type of atopic dermatitis e.g. white patches on the face of children and adolescents, especially around the mouth but can also occur on the neck, upper limbs and sometimes the trunk. Eventually full re-pigmentation occurs.

  19. Symptoms of lichen simplex chronicus?

    Why: often a feature of atopic dermatitis caused by repeated rubbing and scratching e.g. localized thick patches of lichenification (leathery thickening of the skin).

  20. Symptoms of dyshidrotic dermatitis (pompholyx)?

    Why: e.g. itchy blister-like lesions on fingers, sometimes with larger blister-like lesions on palms and soles lasting for a few weeks but tends to recur. Possibly related to stress.

  21. Symptoms of asteatotic dermatitis?

    Why: e.g. very itchy dry skin condition that occurs on the legs of elderly people and results in a dry "crazy paving" pattern.

  22. Fever?

    Why: may occur with severe allergic contact dermatitis e.g. from a strong allergen such as poison ivy; may occur with eczema herpeticum.

  23. Symptoms of cataracts?

    Why: e.g. blurred vision - 10% of people with severe eczema may develop cataracts.

  24. Symptoms of chronic venous insufficiency on lower legs ?

    Why: e.g. leg swelling, darkened skin, inflammation of the skin, possible ulceration on the lower legs - may suggest "varicose eczema" which is characterized by patches of dry scaly skin that overlie leg varicose veins.

Conditions listing medical symptoms: Eczema:

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