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Talking to Your Doctor About Eczema

  • Amy Scholten, MPH
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Condition InDepth

Talking to Your Doctor About Eczema

You have your own health history. Talk with your doctor about your risk factors and background with eczema. By talking openly and often with your doctor, you can take an active role in your care.

Tips for Getting Information

Here are some tips that will make it easier for you to talk to your doctor:

  • Bring someone with you. It helps to have another person hear what is said and think of questions to ask. They may also be able to give more details.
  • Write down your questions so do you do not forget them.
  • Write down the answers you get and make sure you understand what you are hearing.
  • Ask for help if you need it. Do not be afraid to ask questions or ask where you can find more information. You have a right to know.

Questions to Ask Your Doctor

About Atopic Dermatitis/Eczema

  • Why do I have atopic dermatitis?
  • What caused the condition?
  • Am I doing anything that makes it worse?
  • Does stress play a role in atopic dermatitis?

About Your Risk of Developing Eczema

  • Am I at risk for developing atopic dermatitis?
  • Are my children at risk for developing atopic dermatitis?

About Treatment Options

  • 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 ease the itching (or other symptoms)?
  • How will we know if the treatment is working?
  • How will we know if I need to see a specialist?

About Lifestyle Changes

  • What lifestyle changes should I make to prevent an outbreak?
  • Will I still be able to exercise? Are there any precautions I should take during exercise?

About Outlook

  • What can I expect in the future?
  • Is it likely that atopic dermatitis will come back?
  • Will it get worse?


  • Atopic dermatitis. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: https://www.dynamed.com/condition/atopic-dermatitis. Accessed March 22, 2022.
  • Getting the most out of your doctor appointment. Family Doctor—American Academy of Family Physicians website. Available at: https://familydoctor.org/tips-for-talking-to-your-doctor. Accessed March 22, 2022.


  • Nicole Meregian, PA
Last Updated:

This content is reviewed regularly and is updated when new and relevant evidence is made available. This information is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with questions regarding a medical condition.