Do I have Eczema?
Itchy skin? Dry skin? Red or scaly rash?
At this point, you might be asking yourself whether you have eczema. Eczema will affect everyone differently. It can range from small patches of dry skin to widespread inflamed areas spread all over the body.
If you think you may have eczema, it’s definitely worth making an appointment with your GP. When going to your GP, investigations are rarely involved in establishing a diagnosis. In children with severe eczema, allergy testing can be undertaken to find out the triggers for the flareups.
In the UK, the National Institute of Clinical Excellence’s current guidelines state that eczema is likely if you have an itchy skin plus any three of the following:
Dry skin in the last 12 months
History of asthma or hay fever
Visible red and inflamed skin involving the skin creases, such as bends of elbows or behind the knees at the time of examination
A history of red and inflamed skin in the above areas
Symptoms started before the age of 2 (this should not be used in children under 2)
Although there isn’t currently a cure for eczema, your GP can work with you to find the optimal treatment to relieve symptoms over time. Your GP can also help you establish what might be causing your eczema to flareup from time to time.
eczamine’s eczema severity classifier uses artificial intelligence to help you determine how bad your flareup is. This can help you decide whether you need to visit a healthcare professional to manage the flare or change your treatment regimen.