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

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

See below: Why not to visit the doctor office? He can take a scraping of the lesion to be sure, that is not a ringworm. ...Read more

Dr. Jennifer Haley
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Eczema (Definition)

The term eczema is broadly applied to a range of persistent skin conditions prominent symptoms 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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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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My 2 year old has an eczema spot that resembles ringworm. It appears to be drying up, but it has also gotten bigger. Is there anything we can put on i?

My 2 year old has an eczema spot that resembles ringworm. It appears to be drying up, but it has also gotten bigger. Is there anything we can put on i?

Eczema?: Nummular eczema can mimic the look of ringworm. Are you sure that it is eczema and not ringworm though? You can use the traditional eczema treatment on it, if u r sure. Dove sensitive skin soap to wash, aquaphor to moisturize and 1% hydrocortisone directly to that spot. Hope this helps. If you are unsure, seek the diagnosis from your pediatrician or dermatologist. ...Read more

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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.

How is ringworm diagnosed? My one year old has a circular rash that looks like it may either be eczema or ringworm.

Ringworm: 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. ...Read more

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A dry patch mistaken for ringworm appeared and eventually became infected eczema as diagnosed by the doc I saw - am worried it is otherwise.

A dry patch mistaken for ringworm appeared and eventually became  infected eczema as diagnosed by the doc I saw - am worried it is otherwise.

Not sure exactly: what you're asking. From your description, it sounds like the proper diagnosis, but you didn't mention what you were treated with. If you just started on your treatment, it should start improving in a couple of days; if not, please go back to the doctor. ...Read more

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Not sure if it is an eczema or ringworm on her cheek(4 mos baby) .She had eczema before. It all started with a rash then turn into circular not scaly?

Not sure if it is an eczema or ringworm on her cheek(4 mos baby) .She had eczema before. It all started with a rash then turn into circular not scaly?

Probably eczema: Your baby is likely to be having eczema as it recurs often and is not scaly The eczema may present as rash of any shape or size and anywhere on the body .Unlikely to be ringworm at this age .as baby"s contact is limited .Watch for any change in rash or it persists ,if so consult your doctor . ...Read more

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Trichophyton (Definition)

Trichophyton is one of the common types of fungus that can infect the skin, called a "dermatophyte". It can cause ringworm of the skin (such as athlete's foot or jock itch) or of the scalp. It is usually diagnosed with a scraping of the skin and can be treated with topical medications if on the skin, or oral medicines if involving ...Read more


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Ringworm (Definition)

Ringworm is neither ring or a worm -- it is a skin rash that can be circular and slowly enlarging with redness and scale caused by ...Read more


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