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Eczema with some tinea – Are they related


Eczema and Tinea are both skin conditions that present as redness, itchiness, and other symptoms but are caused by different organisms and demand different treatments.

Eczema is not contagious, but tinea is. [1]

Causes driving eczema and tinea
Children who are born to older mothers are more likely to develop eczema.
Environment-driven – pollution, colder climates, can drive eczema
Irritants such as soaps, detergents, shampoos, bubble baths, disinfectants and juices from certain fruits and foods can cause eczema whereas, Tinea is a fungal infection

Tinea infection can occur on all body surfaces such as feet, groin, face, scalp hair, nail, or beard hair. Eczema can be Atopic, Contact, Dyshidrotic, Nummular/Discoid, Neuro, Seborrheic or Stasis. Any combination of eczema and tinea is a possibility, and hence diagnosis is tougher in some cases.

Ages affected
Affects all age groups.


Patches/spots 1 to 4 inches in size
Dry skin, burning, and itching of the skin (worsening at night), open spots that may crust over. In severe cases, symptoms may be present as redness, swelling, foul-smelling discharge and fever.

Clinical diagnosis
Tinea also features itchy skin alongside round, flat patches of red, pink, brown, or gray skin, spreading to other areas of the body.


Warm showers
Avoid skin-drying soaps
Reduce stress
Wear comfortable clothing
Treat infected pets.
Wear shoes or sandals
Avoid sharing hats and hygiene tools

Oral or topical antibiotics, Oral antihistamines, Emollients, and potent topical steroids, Topical antifungal creams are prescribed to tackle eczema. Antifungal drugs are prescribed for tinea.

Patients can seek the help of a dermatologist. Highly experienced dermatologists are available for your care on mfine.

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