Persistence is key
It can be tempting to stop seeking help all together, especially if previous approaches haven’t been as successful as you hoped, but it’s important that you keep persisting.
Your AD care team
A variety of healthcare providers can offer different types of support in your search for a plan that’s right for you. It’s valuable to know how these healthcare professionals differ.
Family Physician, General Practitioner (GP), or Specialist Care
|•||Often your GP is your first point of contact. Initially, they will perform an evaluation of your symptoms, consider factors such as your medical history and give you a diagnosis.|
|•||Depending on the severity of your AD, your GP may refer you to a dermatologist for specialized care. Ask your GP if a referral to a dermatologist might be right for you.|
|•||A dermatologist is a doctor that specializes in the treatment of skin diseases.|
|•||Dermatologists may provide more insights into your diagnosis, or discuss treatment options that may not have been considered previously.|
|•||Usually, you can only speak to a dermatologist after a referral from a GP. So, if you feel like you could benefit from speaking with a dermatologist, talk to your GP about getting a referral. Find out more below.|
|•||Allergists are a type of doctors that specialize in allergies and the immune system, they are often involved in treating and managing food allergies and contact allergies.|
|•||In eczema, or atopic dermatitis (AD), there are a lot of triggers that can aggravate flare-ups. These can include allergens such as pollen, pet dander, and skin irritants like soaps and fabric detergents.|
How a conversation can break the cycle
Sometimes, revisiting your AD with a doctor may feel like the last thing you want to do.
Learn how re-engaging with your care team could be the key to breaking the cycle.
Know the impact
of your symptoms
Knowledge is powerful. This survey can help you think more about the impact AD has on your day-to-day life, helping you gain a better understanding of your condition.