Primary Care Physician
Primary care doctors include internists, family practice physicians, and pediatricians, who treat children. These doctors can also continue their study in a subspecialty such as allergy and immunology. Young and older adults with eczema can see an internist for an evaluation of the skin condition while adults and children can see a family practice physician or pediatrician for an examination. If necessary, these doctors can refer you to the appropriate specialist for treatment.
A dermatologist is a medical doctor who specializes in treating the medical, surgical, and cosmetic conditions of the skin, hair, and nails. Dermatologists will be able to diagnose eczema and prescribe the appropriate treatment for a child, teen, or adult suffering from chronic skin condition. This will most likely include medications to target specific symptoms as well as behavior changes to help control symptoms. If there is another underlying health condition such as asthma or hay fever, he or she can refer the child or adult to the appropriate specialist.
An allergist is a medical doctor who specializes in treating individuals with allergies and immune diseases that may effect multiple body systems. Allergists complete a residency internal medicine and generally a 2 to 3 year fellowship in allergy and immunology.