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Difference Between Eczema and a Rash? Everything You Need To Know

by | November 10, 2018

Did you just bathe your toddler and happen to notice a red patch on the inner folds of the elbow? First of all, relax and do not jump straightaway to the conclusion that it is eczema. It can be anything from a harmless rash to eczema. And no you don’t need to fear that! So what is the difference between eczema and a rash? Read on and find out. 

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The Difference Between Eczema and a Rash

The red rash appearing in odd places like knee folds, elbows, neck or cheeks can be a cause of concern. The first is to learn the difference between eczema and a rash before starting treatment. Director of a Dermatology center in New York, David Bank offered a piece of advice through an article published on Parents. He explains the basic difference between mild and severe eczema. According to him, itchy red skin can be a case of mild eczema, while crusty bright red rash has high chances of being severe eczema. However, genetics and family history does play a role. If neither your family nor your child has had it before, it could be a chance that the itchy red skin is just a rash.

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In the case of eczema, it is best to keep the skin moisturized. Instead of opting for a commercial beauty moisturizer, get a medicated fragrance-free cream. Apply immediately after a bath and try to keep the skin hydrated all day.

As with other skin problems, maintaining proper hygiene like changing intimate wears daily, showering at least once a day and application of anti-fungal micro-dermal powder can be a big help. Do not self-medicate in case of eczema. The condition is resolvable within weeks or months depending upon the severity. It’s imperative you know the before starting treatment, as one can harm the other. 

If you think your child has a rash, and unsure of the difference between eczema and a rash, but notice no improvement within a day or two, you need to consult your dermatologist to rule out other probabilities. Only after a thorough examination conclusion can be drawn.

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