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Finding Solutions for Eczema

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At Your Appointment

Eczema Appointment Guide

Ask the right questions at your next doctor’s appointment. Answer two questions below to personalize your appointment guide.
  • Please describe the symptoms and issues you’re having that led you to schedule this online appointment. Start at the beginning of this current episode and tell me how and when things have changed and progressed.
  • How often do you have active eczema? Some of the time, most of the time, or all of the time?
  • Do you notice anything that triggers your symptoms and makes your skin worse? How about when temperatures change?
  • Are you taking your eczema medications as directed?
  • Is your eczmea negatively impacting your quality of life, such as your ability to do activities or sleep well?
  • For how long have you been having difficulty with your skin? Is it a recurring problem?
  • Is the affected area of your skin red, itchy, scaly or inflamed?
  • Do you have any food allergies? If yes, what are you allergic to?
  • Have you tried any over-the-counter treatments? If yes, have they been effective?
  • How well is your eczema medicine controlling your symptoms? Do you feel it is effective?
  • What have you done so far to treat your eczema? How well do you think it's working?
  • What new symptoms are you experiencing?
  • Do my symptoms mean I have eczema?
  • Could my symptoms be caused by another medical condition?
  • What medications are available to improve my skin?
  • What should I do if my skin symptoms get worse?
  • Are there lifestyle changes I can make to improve my symptoms, such as exercise or changing my environment?
  • Are there specific activities or triggers I should avoid?
  • What are the best eczema treatment options for me?
  • What should I do if my eczema symptoms get worse?
  • How would you categorize my eczema: mild, moderate or severe?
  • How will I know if my treatment plan is working well or if it needs to be changed?
  • How often do I need to make appointments for follow-up? What are you looking for when I have follow-up appointments?
  • How soon after starting a medication should I have noticed improvements?
  • Are there other medications that would do a better job of controlling my symptoms?
  • Do my new or different symptoms indicate that my eczema is getting worse?
  • What should I expect with my specific case of eczema? How do you believe my symptoms will progress?
  • What else do you recommend I do to manage my eczema?
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Last Review Date: 2018 Jul 17
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