The Differences Between Rashes and Eczema (And How to Tell Which One You Have)


Are you experiencing something that looks and feels like a rash? Do you wonder if it could be something more serious, such as eczema? Sometimes it can be somewhat difficult to differentiate between the two. However, you should keep in mind that eczema can become a serious skin condition, so it’s best to consult a physician for a final conclusion.

What Are Some Differences Between a Rash and Eczema?

When trying to determine whether you have a simple rash or something more similar when you notice an itchy, scaly or numb patch, you should look at what may have caused the condition. If it appears after you have eaten certain foods or engaged in an activity such as hiking through poison ivy patches, you may be able to identify the rash or irritation.

Also, the location of the rash is often a clue as to what it truly is. Rashes usually only occur on specific body parts, such as rosacea (on the face) or athlete’s foot. Also, the location can provide clues as to its cause. For example, fungal or bacterial rashes can appear on warm, wet body areas, such as the armpits or groin.

If the rash is appearing throughout the body, this can be helpful, as can how fast it is spreading and the pattern. Eczema generally occurs on the backs of the knees or the insides of the elbow. It can also appear on the neck. You should also take notice of the parts of the body that are not being affected. This could indicate that something has stopped the rash from spreading; for instance, the rash may only be appearing on parts of body that were exposed to a certain irritant.

You should determine how the condition feels. Rashes and eczema both can cause itching; however, eczema presents with both itching and dry skin, while some rashes may actually become painful. Additionally, eczema can present with blisters and bumps, and it can also cause oozing and bleeding blisters, along with thick skin patches.

If you feel you may be experiencing eczema, you should contact a physician immediately so as to get the best treatment possible. At the Skin and Vein Center, we can determine if you are suffering from eczema and identify the actual type of eczema. Call us today to set up a consultation to help you get rid of those itchy, unsightly patches.

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