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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
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
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
Hi, my mom has itchy blemishes which start out red but turn black after a while and they have spread to her back. Could this be eczema or a fungus?
Cannot say: From your description it is hard to say which one-could even be something else. Please see a dermatologist. ...Read more
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
I have a slight rash on my hand but it came from wearing fake nails...It doesn't look like a fungus or anything it just almost look like a have eczema?
See derm: You should see your dermatologist for treatment and evaluation. This way you can find out the cause of this eruption. ...Read more
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
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
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
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
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
See your derm: This can be difficult sometimes to determine. It is best to show the lesion to your friendly dermatologist. ...Read more
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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