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how can I tell the difference between eczema and ring worm

A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Edward Neilsen
18 years experience Family Medicine
Growth, center, size: Both are often round and have scale, but typically ringworm grows outward, with central clearing. Also, eczema is typically very itchy, whereas ringw ... Read More
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Dr. Cindy Juster
35 years experience Pediatrics
Sometimes it's hard: Ringworm (see picture), which is a fungal skin infection, is usually round or oval and has raised pink edges with central flattening and scaling. It c ... Read More
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A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kristin Sokol
11 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Difficult to diagnos: Rashes are very difficult to diagnose without any photos. From the description it sounds like eczema, but it should really been seen by a physician. Y ... Read More
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Emily Altman
27 years experience Dermatology
Fading dark spots: If the fungal infection and eczema have resolved and only dark spots are left, the meds you mentioned are not useful in fading dark spots. Lightening ... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Zacharisen
32 years experience Allergy and Immunology
possibly: The distribution pattern for eczema is fairly predictable, while "ring worm" which is a superficial fungus infection can occur anywhere on the body in ... Read More
A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience Pediatrics
Likely not ringworm: Skin rashes are common in infants & a single patch of rash can be a lot of things.From drool rash to ringworm to allergic reaction, etc. If it improve ... Read More
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A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Cindy Juster
35 years experience Pediatrics
Possibly: It could even have been eczema from the beginning; sometimes they're hard to tell apart. Make sure you're using hypoallergenic skin cleansers and loti ... Read More
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A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. Maritza Baez
16 years experience Family Medicine
See a doctor: It could be eczema or warts, or an allergic reaction to something. Rashes are best treated in person so the doctor can see and feel to determine what ... Read More
A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Justin Greiwe
11 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Differences: Eczema is a chronic inflammatory skin condition due to genetic defects in the proteins and lipids supporting the skin layer/barrier called the epiderm ... Read More
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A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ecaterina Sartina
34 years experience Pediatrics
See below: Why not to visit the doctor office? He can take a scraping of the lesion to be sure, that is not a ringworm.
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Justin Greiwe
11 years experience Allergy and Immunology
See Your Doctor: If you have a concerning rash that is persistent I would suggest seeing your primary doctor so that he or she can see the rash in person for more prop ... Read More

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