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What is the definition or description of: red scaling rash?

What is the definition or description of: red scaling rash?

Red scaling rash: Red scaling rashes generally fall into the category of "eczematous", meaning "like eczema". Eczema, seborrheic dermatitis, allergic or irritant contact dermatitis, and some bacterial and fungal infections fall into this category. Red scaling rashes are often itchy and can be oozing and uncomfortable. ...Read more

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Dr. Cornelia Franz
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Rash (Definition)

Most bumps and blotches on a newborn baby are harmless and clear up by themselves. By far the most common skin problem in infants is diaper rash. Diaper rash is an irritation of the skin caused by dampness, urine, or feces. Most babies who wear diapers will have some type of diaper rash. However, there are other skin disorders that can cause rashes. These are usually not serious unless ...Read more


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Could my baby be getting scaling red rashes on her knees due to the carpet?

Could my baby be getting scaling red rashes on her knees due to the carpet?

Yes: The rash could be physical irritation from the carpet. It could also be a symptom of eczema or contact dermatitis. The first thing to do is apply some thick ointment to the rash and cover with long pants. If it is itchy, you could try some Hydrocortisone cream. If it is painful or oozing, this might require medical attention. ...Read more

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My 4 year old has a red rash around the inner elbow area. It doesn't appear to b ringworm.

My 4 year old has a red rash around the inner elbow area. It doesn't appear to b ringworm.

Rashes: Are hard to diagnose without being seen. A rash in the inner elbow area could be eczema. You can try coconut oil or aveeno (oatmeal) lotion and see if tat helps. You can also try over the counter steroid creams. Before you do anything take a picture to show your doctor in case none of the above helps and yo need to be seen, . ...Read more

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I have a circular red rash on my arm that's spreading. I have been treating it as ringworm but its not going away. Is it ringworm or something else?

I have a circular red rash on my arm that's spreading. I have been treating it as ringworm but its not going away.  Is it ringworm or something else?

See your doctor: If you are using otc meds, the are not always effective. Sometimes a prescription antifungal is needed. But there are other types of rashes that can look like ringworm. See you doctor for a recheck. ...Read more

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I have a circular rash on my foot that was once red but is now more brown. It does not itch and has not spread or gotten bigger. Could it be ringworm?

I have a circular rash on my foot that was once red but is now more brown. It does not itch and has not spread or gotten bigger. Could it be ringworm?

Probably not: 'ringworm' as a dermatophytic skin infection usually itches. Nummular eczema sometimes masquerades as 'ringworm' but also itches. Probably a good idea to let your doctor take a look at this. Can't really tell from your description. ...Read more

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Rash red smallish bumps, itchy spread over months from nape of neck down back to thighs/. Doesn't look like ringworm but could be other fungal?

Best to have it : Looked at.Hard to say without additional information.May just be heat bumps and dry skin.In the meantime, you can take some antihistamines like benadryl, (diphenhydramine) Claritin , Allegra , zyrtec or any generic equivalent to stop you from itching and avoid skin infection. ...Read more

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I have a skin rash only on the upper part of my arms. It looks similar to ringworm but isnt red ir itchy. I get it every year around october...

I have a skin rash only on the upper part of my arms. It looks similar to ringworm but isnt red ir itchy. I get it every year around october...

Dry skin?: It is not easy to guess what the problem is without examination the lesions and getting a more detailed history. Having said that, I would guess that dry skin is the likely cause (Oct is usually dry). Try applying a moisturizer on the area immediately after bathing and see if this helps. ...Read more

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I have a red circle like rash that consumes most of my buttox and goes down my legs i've tried ointments and powders nothing gets rid of it. Don't think it is ringworm. But i'm not sure?

I have a red circle like rash that consumes most of my buttox and goes down my legs i've tried ointments and powders nothing gets rid of it. Don't think it is ringworm. But i'm not sure?

Annular rash: What ointments & powders have you tried? If you've used antifungals (lamisil, etc) without success, best to see fp or dermatologist. Rashes are often hard to diagnose without being seen, especially after they have been the object of hopeful treatments. ...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


Red Scaling Rash (Definition)

Red scaling rashes generally fall into the category of "eczematous", meaning "like eczema". Eczema, seborrheic dermatitis, allergic or irritant contact dermatitis, and some bacterial and fungal infections fall into this category. Red scaling rashes are often itchy and can ...Read more