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My son's atopic eczema is quite severe. should i take him to a+e?

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A+e???: There's an overlap regarding specialists. You might choose a dermatologist or an allergist; and there may be a pediatric allergist near you. Roughly 60% of childhood eczema has an allergic cause.

Answered 2/22/2020

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Dr. Joram Seggev answered

Specializes in Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology

See an allergist: You don't mention how old your son is. In young children, atopic dermatitis is most frequently associated with food allergy. In older children, environmental allergy is more prevalent. You definitely should see a board-certified allergist-immunologist. The use of lukewarm baths, soap such as unscented dove, apply a lubricant such as vanicream, vaniply or cerave when he is still wet may help.

Answered 5/30/2013

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Protect: Avoid things that make you break out, soaps & wetness. Wash your hands only when necessary. Wear gloves when needed. Wear clothes made of cotton. Bathe only with a small amount of mild unscented soap, such as dove. Keep the water temperature cool or warm, not hot. Use the medicine your doctor gave you. Use a plain moisturizer daily. Avoid scratching or rubbing the itchy area. Manage stress.

Answered 12/9/2013

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