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Infection

How can I tell if my eczema is infected? What are the signs?

If you think that an infection is present, you should see your doctor as early as possible so that it can be treated accordingly. Infection should be suspected if:

  • the skin has blisters, pustules or dry crusts;
     
  • the skin is weeping a clear or yellow fluid;
     
  • there is reddening, itching, soreness and sudden worsening of the eczema;
     
  • yellow pus spots appear;
     
  • there are small, red spots around the body hairs;
     
  • you have a raised temperature, and flu-like symptoms; or
     
  • you have swollen glands in the neck, armpit or groin

The possibility of infection should always be considered in eczema that is getting worse or not responding to emollient and topical steroid treatment.

Infection...

The possibility of infection should always be considered in eczema that is getting worse or not responding to emollient and topical steroid treatment.