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How do you know if you have a fungal skin infection or if it's just eczema?

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In brief: It can be tricky.

There is overlap between the appearance and symptoms of eczema & fungal infections.
Both can be red, scaly and itchy. Mild eczema responds well to moisturizers & Hydrocortisone cream. This treatment can actually worsen some fungal infections. Fungal infections respond well to antifungal creams. If your rash is not improving, see your dermatologist. A simple non-invasive skin test can sort it out.

In brief: It can be tricky.

There is overlap between the appearance and symptoms of eczema & fungal infections.
Both can be red, scaly and itchy. Mild eczema responds well to moisturizers & Hydrocortisone cream. This treatment can actually worsen some fungal infections. Fungal infections respond well to antifungal creams. If your rash is not improving, see your dermatologist. A simple non-invasive skin test can sort it out.
Dr. Christopher Crosby
Dr. Christopher Crosby
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Dr. Danica Schulte
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
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In brief: Culture

It is often difficult to determine if you have a fungal skin infection if you have a known history of eczema.
The best course of action is a culture or skin scraping.

In brief: Culture

It is often difficult to determine if you have a fungal skin infection if you have a known history of eczema.
The best course of action is a culture or skin scraping.
Dr. Danica Schulte
Dr. Danica Schulte
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