Are you sure it’s eczema?

Are you sure it’s eczema?

Are you sure it’s eczema?

Avoid confusing eczema with other diseases

Eczema is recognizable primarily by its itchy red patches. This sign is the easiest one to identify. But be careful; other diseases have identical or very similar symptoms!

Below are the diseases most commonly mistaken for eczema: Some are contagious, unlike eczema. So, by identifying them properly, you are helping to stop the spread.

Diseases that most closely resemble eczema


Mites, which are invisible to the naked eye, burrow into the skin, causing it to itch. Although the areas of the body affected may differ from eczema, the two conditions are often confused, especially in infants. Be careful not to spread it: scabies is contagious!


Psoriasis patches are usually, but not always, slightly different compared to eczema, particularly on the hands. Because they appear in flare-ups, one could easily mistake psoriasis for eczema.


This disease triggers redness and itching and is caused by a microscopic fungus. Mycosis is most often confused with eczema when it affects the hands.

Seborrheic dermatitis

Known as “cradle cap” in babies, seborrheic dermatitis can affect adults as well. It results in inflammation caused by a fungus and linked to significant sebum overproduction. It can cause itching.

Seborrheic dermatitis affects mainly the face and scalp in adults. In infants, it can also affect the diaper region in addition to these areas.