The most common form of eczema is atopic dermatitis (AD), and it can be challenging to live with.
Support is available from a variety of experts, depending on your specific needs.
It all starts with a new conversation.
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.
Ben: Strive and have that conversation with your physician or specialist, and engage with them and be firm; you know, just ask them what are my options?
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.
Ben: So, it was again back to the worst flare-up that I had in the summer of 2019, where I was just fed up, and that I couldn’t take it any more, that I had to re-engage in a new conversation with my physician, or with the specialist, because there’s no way that I could just keep living that life.
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.