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Doctor insights on: How To Tell The Difference Between Eczema And Ringworm

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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

Dr. Ritu Saini
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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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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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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.

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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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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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

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I smoke weed does that irritate ringworms in eczema?

I smoke weed does that irritate ringworms in eczema?

3 unrelated things: No, it doesn't. But ringworm (tinea corporis) has nothing to do with eczema, and there are no worms in ringworm, which is a fungal infection. ...Read more

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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?

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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How can you tell the difference between eczema and scabies?

How can you tell the difference between eczema and scabies?

By where the rash is: Most eczema occurs on the face, inner elbows, behind the knees, on the wrists, hands, and ankles. It is usually dry, red, itchy. Scabies tends to occur on the waist, arm pits, writsts, genital area, lower buttocks, front of the knees, sides of the feet, and on the sides and in between the fingers. It is always more itchy at night. Check for some photos of the rashes on medical websites. ...Read more

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How can you tell the difference between eczema an scabies is there different symptoms for each one?

Similar symptoms: Scabies occur usually on wrists, between fingers, groin, axilla, buttocks and neck. Eczema usually occurs on backs of knees, flexural folds, hands and neck. Sometimes eczema and scabies can look similar. You need to be seen by a skin doctor to get a scraping if you think you might have scabies. ...Read more

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Do you tell the difference between eczema and fungus?

Do you tell the difference between eczema and fungus?

Pointers: Ringworm affects body, feet, groin, scalp. Eczema affects knees, elbows, neck etc. They are both itchy. Ringworms looks like raised red scaly rings. Eczema feels dry, thick patches, may ooze and have bleeding blisters from intense itching. Ringworm caused by fungus.Eczema happens in response to allergens, climate or illness. ...Read more

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How can I tell the difference between eczema and a normal rash?

How can I tell the difference between eczema and a normal rash?

Unclear: Even for medical experts, it is sometimes difficult to distinguish between different types of rashes in general. Sometimes, a skin biopsy needs to be done so that a piece of the skin can be studied under the microscope to determine the exact nature of a rash. See your doctor if you have a specific question regarding a rash. ...Read more

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How can you tell the difference between eczema and skin cancer?

How can you tell the difference between eczema and skin cancer?

See your derm: This can be difficult sometimes to determine. It is best to show the lesion to your friendly dermatologist. ...Read more

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I was wondering how to tell the difference between skin cancer and eczema? I've never had eczema or a skin issue, but I recently found a single lesion

I was wondering how to tell the difference between skin cancer and eczema? I've never had eczema or a skin issue, but I recently found a single lesion

Lots of possibilities: Single lesions in dermatology can be a lot of things. Not typically eczema (which is a rash). If you have a lot of concerns, you can be checked. Until then, you can look at the size and if it keeps getting bigger, then show it to your doctor. ...Read more

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How to tell the difference between early paget's disease in the nipple and dermatitis or eczema?

How to tell the difference between early paget's disease in the nipple and dermatitis or eczema?

Biopsy: There is Pagets disease of bone and Pagets of the nipple. The latter is carcinoma pf the terminal ducts of the breast which is the nipple. Here the nipple is ulcerated and the process extends to the areola. Biopsy should be performed to make the diagnosis. ...Read more

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How can I tell the difference between newborn acne and an allergic eczema reaction?

Pustules: Newborn acne causes pustules or pimples on the skin. Eczema causes a red, itchy rash, pustules do not occur unless the eczema is infected. ...Read more

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How to tell difference between eczema and fugal infection?

Eczema and Fungus: Both eczema and ringworm can cause an itchy, red rash that appears in circular shapes. The rash may blister or be made up of tiny bumps. It can spread and may become dry and scaly. Even doctors can mistake eczema for ringworm, and since the treatments are very different, it's important to differentiate accurately before treating. The best test is to scrape the infected skin and have it examined. ...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


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