Eczema - When to See a Doctor.

Eczema - When to See a Doctor.

Jennie Lyon

Make Sure You Know When it's Time to Visit Your Doctor About Your Child's Eczema.

Eczema can be an ongoing struggle, and much of the care that you give your child, or self-care, is self-administered at home. However, it’s important to be aware of abnormalities or signs of infection that warrant a call or visit to your doctor.

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For those suffering with eczema, it’s important to consult with your doctor in response to the following signs or symptoms:

  • Crusting or oozing sores
  • Severe scratch marks
  • Widespread rash
  • Severe discoloration of the skin
  • Fever that is accompanied by a rash
  • Painful cracks on the hands or fingers

You should also let your doctor know if itching is making you or your child irritable and is interfering with daily activities or with sleep. Atopic dermatitis on the hands may interfere with daily school, work, or regular activities in which case, you should also be in touch with your doctor.

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It’s also essential that you be aware of the signs of bacterial infection. Should you detect of these symptoms, get in touch with your doctor right away:

Signs of bacterial infection include:

  • Blisters, pustules or dry crusts
  • Weeping a clear or yellow fluid
  • Reddening, itching, soreness
  • Sudden worsening of the eczema
  • Discharge of pus or the appearance of yellow pus spots
  • Small, red spots around body hair follicles
  • Raised temperature with a fever of 100.4 °F (38 °C) or flu-like symptoms with no other cause
  • Swollen glands in the neck, armpit, or groin

If your eczema gets worse or does not respond to emollient or topical treatment, infection is also a possibility. Reach out to your doctor. You can connect with your allergist, dermatologist, GP, family medicine doctor or pediatrician.