how can i tell if i have ringworm or eczema

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My friend has eczema I often believe she has ringworm how can I tell?

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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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Dr. Ziad Akl answered:

Can ringworm be misdiagnosed as eczema?

Yes

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there is a lot in common between eczema and ringworm.
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Dr. Brian Wilhelmi answered:

I suffer from eczema on the hands year round. I recently developed two perfectly round rings on the side of my hands. Can ringworm be painful?

Itching

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Eczema is common caused by contact allergens (gloves, wetness, fur) and causes inflammation which is itchy. The areas you are referring to might have become lichenified or inflamed to the point where they are red, thickened, and painful. This does not discount the fact that skin breakdown from eczema can increase your chance of opportunistic infections like the fungus that causes ringworm.
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How is ringworm diagnosed? My one year old has a circular rash that looks like it may either be eczema or ringworm.

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Often, the diagnosis of ringworm is obvious from its location and appearance. Otherwise, skin scrapings for microscopic examination and a culture of the affected skin can establish the diagnosis of ringworm. If the diagnosis is unclear, a potassium hydroxide (KOH) preparation of a skin scraping can be reviewed under the microscope to confirm the diagnosis of a fungal dermatophyte infection.
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HOW TO DIFFERENTIATE BETWEEN ECZEMA AND RINGWORM? IS THERE ANY MANUAL PROTOCOL TO DETERMINE WHETHER THE SAID INFECTION IS EITHER OF TWO?

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See dermatologist because they can do test to see what you have.
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how can i tell the difference between eczema and ring worm?

Sometimes it's hard

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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.
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Eczema food allergies mistaken for ring worm?

possibly

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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.
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Dr. Emily Altman answered:

I'm using flucort, nizral & aloederm for the leftover darkness of ring worm & eczema. Are they effective?

Fading dark spots

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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 of the skin you see with corticosteroid creams is actually a side effect and goes together with atrophy (thinning of the skin), acne, stretch marks. And they don't really fade the dark spots, just damage the skin. A hydroquinone cream can be tried.
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my 8 month has a round red rash on her right cheek, is it eczema or ring worm? It doesn't seem to bother her and gives away with cortisone lotion

Likely not ringworm

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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 improves with hydrocortizone it is probably not ringworm. It doesn't sound worrisome at this point so you can bring it up with your PCP at the next scheduled visit.
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