STEP 1

Understand the
impact of your eczema

Although atopic dermatitis (AD), the most common form of eczema, has clear physical symptoms, it also has an invisible impact. So, it’s crucial that both you and your doctor understand how your condition impacts your daily life.

Find out how you can assess the invisible impact on your day-to-day life below. 

AD Impact Analyzer

It’s normal if you’ve learned to adjust and cope with AD.
But you shouldn’t have to, especially when options are available. 

Your AD care team

A variety of healthcare providers can offer different types of support in your search for management options that are 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.

Dermatologist

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.

Allergist

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 atopic dermatitis (AD), there are a lot of common triggers that can aggravate flare-ups. These can include allergens such as pollen, pet dander, and skin irritants like soaps and fabric detergents.