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Do you tell the difference between eczema and fungus?

Do you tell the difference between eczema and fungus?

Pointers: Ringworm affects body, feet, groin, scalp. Eczema affects knees, elbows, neck etc. They are both itchy. Ringworms looks like raised red scaly rings. Eczema feels dry, thick patches, may ooze and have bleeding blisters from intense itching. Ringworm caused by fungus.Eczema happens in response to allergens, climate or illness. ...Read more

Dr. Barbara Stark Baxter
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Atopic Dermatitis (Definition)

A range of persistent skin conditions that include dryness and recurring skin rashes that are characterized by one or more of these symptoms: redness, skin edema (swelling), itching, crusting, flaking, blistering, cracking, or bleeding. The cause of eczema is unknown but is presumed to be a combination of ...Read more


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My toenail just fell off because of fungus or eczema. Do I need to bandage it? Or what should I do?

My toenail just fell off because of fungus or eczema. Do I need to bandage it? Or what should I do?

More of the Same.: There are many reasons for a toenail to fall off, including a fungal infection. As long as there is no bleeding or drainage, fine. Leave it uncovered. A new nail will replace it in time. The question is though, just what will the new one look like? What state of health will it have? More than likely, the new nail will have the same problem that the old one has. Best to have it looked at. ...Read more

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How to differentiate between urticaria, eczema and fungus infections. I have a bad rashes and itch all over my body.

How to differentiate between urticaria, eczema and fungus infections. I have a bad rashes and itch all over my body.

Rash: Clinical exam, sometimes skin biopsy, history, fungal scraping for microscopic exam and culture. See your doctor or dermatologist who has had 8 to 10 years of training to be able to differentiate between different presenting symptoms it is likely that your symptoms are not due to either of the 3 things you mentioned. ...Read more

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Does 1 blister, size of pen eraser on finger w/ tiny dots in it, no pain no redness but very itchy sound like eczema, fungus or whitlow? Had 4 days.

Does 1 blister, size of pen eraser on finger w/ tiny dots in it, no pain no redness but very itchy sound like eczema, fungus or whitlow? Had 4 days.

Blister: Kind of hard to tell, did you have any trauma? Are you a dentist and do dental exams using your fingers? Is there any puss and erythema around the site? If its growing in size, see a practitioner to be evaluated. Whatever you do don't pop it - you will likely cause a wound infection worse than you have. ...Read more

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My husband has very swollen feet with burning, peeling skin he has a history of eczema and they hurt to move. It doesn't itch. Is this a foot fungus?

My husband has very swollen feet with burning, peeling skin he has a history of eczema and they hurt to move. It doesn't itch. Is this a foot fungus?

Not necessarily: If his feet are very swollen this can cause cracks in the skin and cause the skin to blister or peel. This could be due to eczema or just from the swelling. They can be painful due to the skin being broken to move them. Best to have them checked out, he may need a steroid cream, compression, or it could be a fungal infection, but the only way to know would be to have them looked at. ...Read more

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Itchy blister type under foot. Over a year. Not sure if it's a fungus or dyshidrosis eczema? Once broken it spreads to new blisters. Gets also flaky and skin thickens. Sore and tired of this. Please help?

Itchy blister type under foot. Over a year. Not sure if it's a fungus or dyshidrosis eczema? Once broken it spreads to new blisters. Gets also flaky and skin thickens. Sore and tired of this. Please help?

Consultation: If you haven't been examined by a dermatologist for diagnosis and treatment, you should do so. If you have, consult a podiatrist. It's time for a diagnosis to be made and proper treatment administered. ...Read more

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Difference between facial fungus and ezcema?

Difference between facial fungus and ezcema?

Completely: Different. Fungus is a living organism. Eczema is a skin condition where skin is inflammed. Both could itch and therin lies a similarity. Fungus can spread, eczema doesn't spread but rather can occur in multiple locations. ...Read more

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How can you tell the difference between eczema and scabies?

By where the rash is: Most eczema occurs on the face, inner elbows, behind the knees, on the wrists, hands, and ankles. It is usually dry, red, itchy. Scabies tends to occur on the waist, arm pits, writsts, genital area, lower buttocks, front of the knees, sides of the feet, and on the sides and in between the fingers. It is always more itchy at night. Check for some photos of the rashes on medical websites. ...Read more

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How can you tell the difference between eczema an scabies is there different symptoms for each one?

How can you tell the difference between eczema an scabies is there different symptoms for each one?

Similar symptoms: Scabies occur usually on wrists, between fingers, groin, axilla, buttocks and neck. Eczema usually occurs on backs of knees, flexural folds, hands and neck. Sometimes eczema and scabies can look similar. You need to be seen by a skin doctor to get a scraping if you think you might have scabies. ...Read more

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How can you tell the difference between eczema and skin cancer?

How can you tell the difference between eczema and skin cancer?

See your derm: This can be difficult sometimes to determine. It is best to show the lesion to your friendly dermatologist. ...Read more

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How can I tell the difference between eczema and ring worm?

How can I tell the difference between eczema and ring worm?

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 can enlarge and may or may not itch. Eczema comes in various shapes, including round or oval, but tends to be a solid patch of itchy, dry, raised, rough, red rash. Sometimes a test (skin scraping) is needed to see if fungus is present. ...Read more

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How can I tell the difference between eczema and a normal rash?

How can I tell the difference between eczema and a normal rash?

Unclear: Even for medical experts, it is sometimes difficult to distinguish between different types of rashes in general. Sometimes, a skin biopsy needs to be done so that a piece of the skin can be studied under the microscope to determine the exact nature of a rash. See your doctor if you have a specific question regarding a rash. ...Read more

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How to tell the difference between early paget's disease in the nipple and dermatitis or eczema?

How to tell the difference between early paget's disease in the nipple and dermatitis or eczema?

Biopsy: There is Pagets disease of bone and Pagets of the nipple. The latter is carcinoma pf the terminal ducts of the breast which is the nipple. Here the nipple is ulcerated and the process extends to the areola. Biopsy should be performed to make the diagnosis. ...Read more

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I was wondering how to tell the difference between skin cancer and eczema? I've never had eczema or a skin issue, but I recently found a single lesion

Lots of possibilities: Single lesions in dermatology can be a lot of things. Not typically eczema (which is a rash). If you have a lot of concerns, you can be checked. Until then, you can look at the size and if it keeps getting bigger, then show it to your doctor. ...Read more

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How can I tell the difference between newborn acne and an allergic eczema reaction?

Pustules: Newborn acne causes pustules or pimples on the skin. Eczema causes a red, itchy rash, pustules do not occur unless the eczema is infected. ...Read more

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How to tell the difference between scabies and dyshidrotic eczema? Went to check the doctor and he said that it the bumps and blisters look like eczema but I had scabies 2 years ago. Thanks

Location/appearance: The dyshidrotic eczema is typically found on palms of hands, front of fingers or bottom of feet, scabies on the trunk and backside of hands & fingers. The skin defect differs. ...Read more

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How to tell difference between eczema and fugal infection?

Eczema and Fungus: Both eczema and ringworm can cause an itchy, red rash that appears in circular shapes. The rash may blister or be made up of tiny bumps. It can spread and may become dry and scaly. Even doctors can mistake eczema for ringworm, and since the treatments are very different, it's important to differentiate accurately before treating. The best test is to scrape the infected skin and have it examined. ...Read more

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Please tell me the difference between baby eczema and baby heat rash?

Please tell me the difference between baby eczema and baby heat rash?

ECZEMA /HEAT RASH: Eczema is a chronic skin condition and often needs moisturisering the skin and may need some mild steroid cream locally. Presents with dry scaly patches and rash and can be mild and in some cases severe
heat rash is a mild self limiting skin rash which clears up by itself and does not require any treatment except avoiding excessive heat to reduce sweating. In very severe cases you may use steroid. ...Read more

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What's difference between atopy and eczema?

What's difference between atopy and eczema?

Closely related: Atopic dermatitis: localized skin reaction related to overreaction of the body immune system to external allergenic substance in contact with skin,
eczema dermatitis: skin disorder related to abnormal collagen fibers that is manifested by dry, eczematous skin with recurrent exacerbations mostly related to localized or systemic triggering factors. ...Read more

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What is the difference between psoriasis and eczema?

What is the difference between psoriasis and eczema?

Can look similar: To patients, both are dry, flaky rashes that can appear at any age. Psoriasis is more specific, and can involve arthritis. Eczema can simply over dry skin, from irritation, or atopic, e.g. associated w/ asthma and allergies. Psoriasis is oilier, more yellow; outside knees+elbows. Eczema the inside elbows knees. Both on scalp of babies. Eczema really itches. Psoriasis only sometimes. ...Read more

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What's the difference between having atopy and having eczema?

What's the difference between having atopy and having eczema?

Atopy: Atopy is the hereditary predisposition to allergy or hypersensitivity. Symptoms may present as a dermatitis, hay fever, or asthma.
Eczema is also called atopic dermatitis. ...Read more

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Please advise what is the difference between eczema and psoriasis?

Please advise what is the difference between eczema and psoriasis?

Very similar!: Eczema-dry cracking psoriasis. The same hla genes are identical for both. My belief is that they are variants of the same immune process, although many might disagree! I treat them the same way! ...Read more

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I want to know what is the difference between eczema and dermatitis?

I want to know what is the difference between eczema and dermatitis?

Location and charact: The location and characterstic, these two conditions do not have any similarity whatsoever and there is never any confusion in diagnosing either. ...Read more

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What is the difference between dhystrotic eczema and dermatitis herptiformis?

What is the difference between dhystrotic eczema and dermatitis herptiformis?

Skin rashes: 2 different conditions with different patterns and distribution, an experienced dermatologist can help you differentiate the 2, one is associated with excessive hand washing, the other is associated with gluten hypersensitivity. ...Read more

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What is the difference between psoriasis roseola and eczema?

What is the difference between psoriasis roseola and eczema?

Few similarities.: Roseola is a viral infection affecting infants and young children. It involves a pinkish-red skin rash and a high fever that typically starts as the rash is resolving. Psoriasis consists of well-defined red plaques with silvery scales. There are many kinds of eczema, which is characterized by a diffuse reddish scaly itchy rash in various locations (depending on the type and severity). ...Read more

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What is the difference between psoriasis, rash, eczema?

What is the difference between psoriasis, rash, eczema?

PSORIASIS ECZEMA RAS: Psoriasis are well circumscribed erythematous papules and plaques covered with silvery scale with mild itchings sometimes with arthritis. Rash can be erythematous, vesicular, urticarial, etc. Eczema like atopic dermatitis has pruritus as the main sx range from erthema to severe lichenification. ...Read more

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What is the difference between sclap psoriasis and seborrhoeic eczema?

Psoriasis & seb derm: Both psoriasis and seborrheic dermatitis cause redness and scaling of the scalp. Both can be itchy. Psoriasis usually has thicker plaques covered by a silvery white adherent scale. Seborrheic dermatitis has a yellowish, more flaky, greasy looking scale. Both can occur together. Psoriasis is usually more resistant to treatment than seborrheic dermatitis. ...Read more

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Wat''s difference between eczema & atopic dermatitis? Which one is harder to treat and difficult to deal with? Can the words be used interchangeably?

Wat''s difference between eczema & atopic dermatitis? Which one is harder to treat and difficult to deal with? Can the words be used interchangeably?

Yes, Interchangeable: Atopic dermatitis and eczema are usually interchangeable because they mean the same condition. However, you could have eczema which could be localized such as nummular eczema which is not atopic dermatitis. The term atopic is associated with allergy. Patients with atopic dermatitis do suffer from other conditions such as asthma also. ...Read more

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Fungus (Definition)

Consisting of a florid overgrowth due to exposure to ...Read more


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Deshidrotic Eczema (Definition)

A condition in which tiny, fluid-filled blisters appear on the palms and fingers. ...Read more