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How can I tell the difference between eczema and ring worm?
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Dr. Cindy Juster
Pediatrics
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Cindy Juster
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Dr. Edward Neilsen
Family Medicine
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In brief: Growth, center, size
Both are often round and have scale, but typically ringworm grows outward, with central clearing.
Also, eczema is typically very itchy, whereas ringworm is generally not unless it gets infected...

In brief: Growth, center, size
Both are often round and have scale, but typically ringworm grows outward, with central clearing.
Also, eczema is typically very itchy, whereas ringworm is generally not unless it gets infected...
Dr. Edward Neilsen
Dr. Edward Neilsen
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Dr. Edward Neilsen
Time to get it looked at. A simple biopsy may be able to tell you more information quickly and get you started on the right treatment.
Dr. Jennifer Haley
Your Dermatologist can scrape a little of the scale and perform a KOH exam to evaluate for ringworm. It is helpful to properly diagnose the condition if you don't put anything on the area for a week before your appointment.
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