How to tell if you have eczema?
Well, the signs of eczema are redness, inflamed, itchy and dry skin.
But most of these signs are common in other skin conditions like scabies, psoriasis and ringworm. Simply put, it is confusing for the first timers to tell if they have eczema or what as symptoms are similar to those of other diseases.
If you have a red, dry and inflamed skin, don’t jump to the conclusion that you have eczema. Here are the skin conditions that may look like eczema due to the similar symptoms.
This condition is mostly confused with eczema. Psoriasis is an autoimmune disease that causes red, itchy, painful and dry skin anywhere on the body. This is why it looks like eczema. But actually it has completely different cause and completely different treatments than eczema. In psoriasis, there are whitish scales leading to the pus filled blisters. Yeah, eczema also causes blistering (particularly on the feet and hands), but they are generally filled with clear fluid.
This is another resemblance to eczema as it causes dry, itchy and red skin. But there are some differences. For example, ringworm is a fungal infection of the skin, and the red, itchy patches are generally occurring with an edge. Simply put, ringworm occurs in circular patches. Ringworm is generally treated with a strong antifungal cream.
Rosacea is a skin condition causing redness of the skin with tiny pus-filled pumps and visible blood vessels. The skin becomes very sensitive; starts to thicken as well. It generally occurs on the face. A key difference between eczema and rosacea—the skin doesn’t become dry and flaked in rosacea.
Scabies is an infectious disease caused by mites burrowing inside the skin. It looks like eczema due to some similar symptoms like inflamed or red skin. However, eczema is not a contagious disease as it is a chronic condition. On the other hand, scabies is highly infectious and it can be transferred by any form of physical contact. There is also a difference in treatment. Scabies is treated with Permethrin cream, lindane lotion, Crotamiton and ivermectin which are used to kill the mites while relieving the itch.
Eczema, on the other hand, is treated with topical corticosteroids, topical calcineurin inhibitors (TCIs) and oral medications. And one more thing, scabies is curable while eczema is not.
It is a vascular reaction of the skin characterized by the transient appearance of smooth, slightly bumped plaques that are red. Individual lesions go on their own without scarring in several hours. Most cases of urticaria are of short duration.
Dry skin is a well-known symptom of eczema. But dry skin is caused by several things, from clothes rubbing against the skin to the low humidity. If you have a dry skin, you can treat with any ordinary moisturizer. If that doesn’t work, there may be an underlying causes and it requires a medical attention.
There are many more skin conditions that mimic eczema in terms of symptoms, though they have very different causes.
If you are suspicious of your skin condition, it is better if you see you doctor. This is really important as sometimes these skin conditions can lead to something worse. So getting them diagnosed and treated on time is necessary. There are many topical medications you can use to ease itching and redness. Or wet compress is the easiest method. If you are not seeing relief with your own measures, you should visit your doctor.
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