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Whats 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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
The ring worm on my hand seems to not go away. But if the ring worm is gone could it be eczema that took its place.It itches like crazy. & with heat?
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.
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
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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