Which historical features must be present for a diagnosis of atopic dermatitis (eczema)?

Updated: Mar 13, 2019
  • Author: Brian S Kim, MD, MTR, FAAD; Chief Editor: William D James, MD  more...
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Essential historical features (must be present) are as follows:

  • Pruritus
  • Chronic or relapsing history of disease

Important historical features (supports the diagnosis) are as follows:

  • Early age of onset

  • Atopy: Personal and/or family history


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