Patch Tests For Eczema

Your child’s Eczema will most commonly be diagnosed through a physical examination with your physician. If in doubt, or if your doctor feels your child requires further tests, you may be referred to a skin specialist, or dermatologist. Further tests may include taking a skin biopsy (where a small sample of the inflamed skin is removed for testing) or patch tests (where little patches of different substances are stuck to your child’s skin for a few days to see if/how they react to any of them).

Depending on your child’s pattern of skin symptoms, the doctor will ask about their personal and family allergy history, history of exposure to irritating chemicals and contact with potential allergy triggers, such as poison ivy.