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How can I tell if I have eczema on my hands or a fungal infection without going to the dr?

How can I tell if I have eczema on my hands or a fungal infection without going to the dr?

Eczyma: eczyma refers to dry patches of skin if these patches get infected it can mimic a fungal infection but generally fungal infections affect the web spaces between the toes and fingers and the lesions look moist and weeping in nature with whitish exudate. In addition eczyma can occur in any part of the body fungal infections love moist areas of the skin ...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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Itchy, circular-like peeling hands+feet, looks like eczema but my boyf. has too. i think its fungal infection. is that internal or superficial? cream?

Itchy, circular-like peeling hands+feet, looks like eczema but my boyf. has too. i think its fungal infection. is that internal or superficial? cream?

If it is: Fungal lamasil twice a day for two weeks would take care of it but is unusual on hands.eczema would be more common. Best get an eval for proper diagnosis and treatment ...Read more

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Sporizole, prednisone & advantan for 5 days for blisters on palm and all cleared up.But 3 days after i stopped its back. Fungal infection or eczema?

Sporizole, prednisone & advantan for 5 days for blisters on palm and all cleared up.But 3 days after i stopped its back. Fungal infection or eczema?

Either: Or chemical irritation from something you're putting on your skin. Or something else entirely. Rashes can't be diagnosed accurately without actually being seen. See your doctor, and if it doesn't get better, see a dermatologist. ...Read more

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How can I tell if I have got ringworm/some sort of fungal infection or eczema?

How can I tell if I have got ringworm/some sort of fungal infection or eczema?

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 proper diagnosis. ...Read more

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I have a major excema flare up with a fungal infection on my foot. Can I still workout? And will working out make it worse?

Eczema v Fungus: Fungus infections and eczema are two different conditions - the treatment of the tow is different - maybe have your PCP take a look? ...Read more

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I have fungal infection on hand my nail are damaged?

I have fungal infection on hand my nail are damaged?

Disfiguring fungi?: From your question i can't tell if you have a damaged finger that now has a fungal infection or if the fungal infection if causing your nail to look disfigured. Either way, a fungal infection starts in the nail matrix wh/is at the base of the nail. The organisms have to be killed in the matrix & the infected nail grow out to clear it. This can be accomplished w/medications or removing the nail. ...Read more

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I think my hand rash is due to a fungal infection. What can I do?

I think my hand rash is due to a fungal infection. What can I do?

Hand rash: One of the more common otc antifungal creams is clotrimazole, which goes by the brand names lotrimin af athlete's foot cream or lotrimin af jock itch cream (in the United States) and other common otc antifungal creams include the brand names monistat 1 (tioconazole), tinactin (tolnaftate), Lamisil (terbinafine), and aloe vesta, baza and carrington antifungals (miconazole). Fungus vrs eczema? ...Read more

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Is it common to have a fungal infection on your hands that lasts more than 2 weeks after treatment with antifungal ointment?

Is it common to have a fungal infection on your hands that lasts more than 2 weeks after treatment with antifungal ointment?

Fungus.: Yes. Your description lacks details. But if skin only. May take 6 weeks or longer. If nails involved different story. And must be sure diagnosis is correct. Discuss this wtreating dr. ...Read more

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Was pricked by rose thorn directly in my left hand index finger knuckle. Had to pull thorn out of glove! Immediately became red, painful, swollen, and loss of mobility. I am concerned it left fungal infection called sporotrichosis.what should I do?

Rose thorn injury: Well sporotrichosis is more of a problem LATER after the initial injury. That's because indeed it's a slow-growing fungus. What happened immediately was probably just the reaction to the injury. Ouch! I would clean it out, apply bacitracin, make sure you're up to date on tetanus then elevate the hand. Check with doc to make sure the joint (knuckle) was not penetrated by the thorn. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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My mother age 60is having fungal infection in fingers of both hands?tried few things need ur expertise

My mother age 60is having fungal infection in fingers of both hands?tried few things need ur expertise

Fungus fingernail: My mother age 60is having fungal infection in fingers of both hands?tried few things need ur expertise ANS: need to see pictures which we can do if you do a second opinion. I would go to a dermatologist over there and see what is recommended. Can be a difficult problem. Let us know what you find out. ...Read more

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Have red blotches on my hands, they are itchy, tried fungal infection cream and antihistamine, advise of pharmacist but no change. hope you can help?

Have red blotches on my hands, they are itchy, tried fungal infection cream and antihistamine, advise of pharmacist but no change. hope you can help?

Topical cortisone: Are you working with a lot of chemical solvents requiring a lot of hand washing? If so, these practices need to be modified. They are unlikely to be fungal infection but more likely irritant and/or contact allergy which will respond better to topical cortisone. See dermatologist to find out the cause. ...Read more

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What to do if I have a fungal infection in my nail and worried?

What to do if I have a fungal infection in my nail and worried?

We can try!: Nail fungus is very common, and unfortunately very difficult to cure 100%. We can test the nail to see if it is a callused or traumatized nail or if it is indeed fungus, and from there you have several options: topical or oral antifungal medications, laser nail treatment, or removal of the nail in severe cases. See your doctor to talk about which treatment is right for you. ...Read more

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What can I use as an alternative to Lamisil (terbinafine) tablets to fight nail fungal infection?

What can I use as an alternative to Lamisil (terbinafine) tablets to fight nail fungal infection?

Nothing else works: Nail fungus is difficult to eradicate. A determination first test be made to the type of fungus being treated. I muscle orally is effective in about 85% of the cases. Most topicals are a waste of time and money. More recently, laser therapy have been employed but if the entire nail is involved it may not be as effective as oral antifungal agents. ...Read more

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Which medicine is good for nail fungal infection? I m already taking fluconazole ip 150mg one time in a week from 6 months.

Which medicine is good for nail fungal infection? I m already taking fluconazole ip 150mg one time in a week from 6 months.

Onychomycosis: Nailbed infections start in the nail matrix and need to grow out from there. This process takes longer in the toenails than the fingernails (+/- 12 mo vs 6 mo). Treatment w/ fluconazole/terbinafin usually daily; some other agents (itraconazole) 1 wk/mo (or other permutations) w/75-80% cure. Sometimes the nail has to be removed. Newer topicals may as well help alone/in combo w/oral antifungals. ...Read more

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Dr. Creighton Wright
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Infection (Definition)

Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more


Dr. Sewa Legha
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Deshidrotic Eczema (Definition)

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