A 46-year-old member asked:
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eczema food allergies mistaken for ring worm?

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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 including scalp, beard, trunk, groin, foot. Both rashes can be itchy, but eczema is really itchy. Eczema responds well to cortisone creams/ointments, while cortisone can potentially worsen ringworm. Doc can scrape the lesion and culture for fungus.
Answered on Aug 18, 2017
Dr. John Chiu
Dr. John Chiu answered
56 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Possible: However most experienced doctors should be able to tell them apart based on examination and a good history.
Answered on Aug 18, 2017

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