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

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

Fading dark spots: 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. ...Read more

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Eczema food allergies mistaken for ring worm?

Eczema food allergies mistaken for ring worm?

possibly: 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. ...Read more

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I have a patchy itchy skin that sometimes feels rashy what is it ? Eczema? ring worm?

I have a patchy itchy skin that sometimes feels rashy what is it ? Eczema? ring worm?

Difficult to diagnos: Rashes are very difficult to diagnose without any photos. From the description it sounds like eczema, but it should really been seen by a physician. You can always make a consult appointment with a HealthTap doc to show pictures and for further evaluation. ...Read more

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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

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: 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. ...Read more

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My sister has these red, itchless, flat circles on your upper legs. She's 7. What are they? Not chicken pox. Not ring worm. Not hives. Not eczema.

My sister has these red, itchless, flat circles on your upper legs. She's 7. What are they? Not chicken pox. Not ring worm. Not hives. Not eczema.

Rash: The truth of all rashes are that they need to be seen by a physician to be accurately diagnosed and treated. Rashes are like baskin-robbins, they come in 31 different flavors. ...Read more

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What is the difference between eczema, psoriasis and ringworm?

What is the difference between eczema, psoriasis and ringworm?

Differences: Eczema is a chronic inflammatory skin condition due to genetic defects in the proteins and lipids supporting the skin layer/barrier called the epidermis. Ringworm is a skin infection due to a fungus. Psoriasis changes the life cycle of skin cells causing cells to build up rapidly on the surface of the skin. Extra skin cells form thick, silvery scales and itchy, dry, red patches, that are painful. ...Read more

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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

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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 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: 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. ...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.

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.

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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Roundish mostly flast red dry spot on cheek- itches sometimes.I don't know if it is eczema or ringworm.1 month ago had same prob and derm said eczema?

Roundish mostly flast red dry spot on cheek- itches sometimes.I don't know if it is eczema or ringworm.1 month ago had same prob and derm said eczema?

So it is probably ec: Probably eczema. WHAT ARE YOU DOING FOR IT? DOES IT HELP? Eczema is typically chronic and recurrent. If you are not satisfied with current treatment return to the dermatologist. ...Read more

Dr. Subir Mitra
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Ringworm (Definition)

A superficial fungal infection (dermatophytosis) of the arms and legs. The same appearances of ringworm may also occur on the scalp (tinea capitis), beard area (tinea ...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