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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. Subir Mitra
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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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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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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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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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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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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