If you’re one of the mothers (or fathers) with an infant who’s been diagnosed with or suspecting that he/she has baby eczema or baby ringworm, hold up. This one’s for you. But please note that you’re not alone. There are millions of others like you, all over the world, dealing with the same problem.
Ringworm on babies, commonly called infantile eczema usually occurs on the face, scalp, chest and stomach area. The name ‘ringworm’ comes from the circular rashes which may look like a ring or a band. These rashes often itch and burn. Eczema sufferers can also suffer from thick, red, itchy lesions and scars. In severe cases, patches of dead skin can form on the body.
Contrary to its name, atopic dermatitis is not the cause of atopic dermatitis. Instead, this disorder results from an allergy to certain allergens (allergens that can cause skin inflammation). Some people develop allergic reactions after coming into contact with objects such as soaps, detergents, jewelry, plastics, leather and certain types of fabrics. Children and infants are especially susceptible to developing this condition.
The difference between eczema and ringworm lies in the area of affected skin. Ringworm can appear as single small blisters near the groin while eczema often appears as large, itchy patches on the skin’s outer layer. Both conditions cause lesions to develop in the skin, however. And neither does it just occur on one side of the body. Typically, eczema occurs on the lower legs, thighs, buttocks, armpits and abdomen.
There are various kinds of treatment options available for eczema. Topical creams, ointments and gels are the most common way of treating this skin infection. For some, the problem goes away after just a few applications. On the other hand, for many, eczema may require more than a few applications. If you have an extreme case of eczema then the best thing to do is to consult a dermatologist and seek medical advice about what treatments may be appropriate for your particular condition.
Eczema can affect adults and children alike. Scaly skin patches or discoid eczema can cause discomfort in close family members. If you have any of these symptoms, it is advisable to go to your doctor so he can determine the right course of action for treatment.
Eczema has been known to cause itching and irritation in people who have atopic dermatitis. Ringworm on the other hand is caused by the same virus that causes eczema but it has not been specifically identified as the cause of this skin condition. Ringworm on the body can cause serious damage to the skin if left untreated. For this reason, it is very important to contact a qualified professional for treatment of ringworm and for treatment of any atopic dermatitis.
Both eczema and ringworm have similar characteristics including redness, itching, thickening of the skin and scaling. However, atopic dermatitis tends to itch more than ringworm or eczema. Ringworm on the body tends to spread rapidly. Once the disease is contracted by humans, the infection is generally considered to be incurable unless the immune system is strengthened. The same is true with atopic dermatitis.
Topical antifungal creams, lotions and ointments are effective treatment options for both eczema and ringworm. They are available over the counter. For atopic dermatitis, an ointment containing coal tar and stearic acid will suffice. These products are often used as preventive treatment. To treat ringworm, a cream or lotion containing an anti-fungal agent will be necessary.
Both eczema and ringworm are caused by a fungus that grows on the epidermal layer of the skin. The primary difference between these diseases is their triggers. Ringworm typically begins with an infection of the scalp. While eczema usually develops at the beginning of the dry skin condition. In some cases the infection could develop months before eczema appears.
In addition to the above mentioned symptoms, there are other factors that should also be considered when determining which disease you have. People with skin conditions such as: herpes, chicken pox, HIV, genital warts, hepatitis B and syphilis are more likely to have both ringworm and nummular eczema. Other factors include: pregnancy, birth control pills, steroids, medications affecting the immune system and family history.
As an additional note, it is important to note that although there is no known cure for either eczema or nummular eczema flares up, many people have seen great results with the use of soothing soaps and bathing products. It has been shown that some people benefit from regular soaps and baths while others need more intense soothing. In addition, as an added precaution, it has also been suggested that individuals with eczema should avoid soaps that contain fragrances, perfumes, alcohol and petroleum-based moisturizers. If you are suffering from any type of severe skin condition please contact your doctor immediately. The doctor will help you determine the proper treatment for your specific skin condition.