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Diagnosis

Depending on your pattern of skin symptoms, your doctor will ask about your:

  • Personal and family allergy history

  • History of exposure to irritating chemicals

  • Contact with potential allergy triggers, such as poison ivy

In many cases, your doctor can diagnose eczema by examining the skin.

If your doctor suspects that allergies are involved, patch testing with various allergy-causing chemicals may be necessary.

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