Fast Five Quiz: What Do You Know About Eczema?

William James, MD


January 06, 2017

Essential features (must be present) are:

  • Pruritus

  • History of chronic or relapsing disease

Important features (supports the diagnosis) are:

  • Early age of onset

  • Atopy: (a) Personal and/or family history; (b) IgE reactivity

  • Xerosis

Associated features (nonspecific but suggest the diagnosis of AD) are:

  • Atypical vascular responses (eg, facial pallor, delayed blanch response)

  • Keratosis pilaris/pityriasis alba/hyperlinear palms/ichthyosis

  • Ocular/periorbital changes

  • Other regional findings (eg, perioral changes/periauricular lesions)

  • Perifollicular accentuation/lichenification/prurigo

For more on the presentation of AD, read here.


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