Eczema Vs Psoriasis

Eczema Vs. Psoriasis


What’s The Difference Between Eczema And Psoriasis?

There is a big difference between Eczema and Psoriasis skin conditions, and each one affects the body differently. Psoriasis is a genetic autoimmune condition that causes the skin cells to grow very quickly, which results in thick and uncomfortable raised patches on the skin. Psoriasis causes well- defined, thick, red, scaly patches commonly found in areas like the elbows and knees. Eczema most commonly appears in the crooks of the knees and elbows. Psoriasis usually comes with mild itching, while with Eczema the itching can be very intense.



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Important Differences Between Psoriasis Vs Eczema

Itchy, Irritated skin and blotchy, red patches are two symptoms that Psoriasis and Eczema share that can make it very hard to tell the common skin conditions apart.  Psoriasis and Eczema may produce similar triggers, like stress, and neither of the skin conditions are contagious. These similarities can make Psoriasis and Eczema tough for Doctors to diagnose, but being aware of some of the differences can help people to get the proper diagnosis and treatment for their particular skin conditions. Eczema is a general term used to describe a set of itchy skin conditions that can be caused by dry skin, certain illnesses, contact with an allergen, or irritant, or even stress. Eczema is most commonly an inflammatory response that happens when an allergen or irritant comes in contact with sensitive skin.


Is a genetic autoimmune condition where skin cells grow too quickly resulting in thick and uncomfortable raised patches of skin.

Differences Between Eczema And Psoriasis

  1. The time of onset is different
  2. Eczema is most common in babies and young kids. In many cases, the symptoms will become less severe as the child gets older, and the skin condition may also occur in adults
  3. Psoriasis can begin at any time, but it’s most common between ages 15 and 30. It is also not usual for Psoriasis to begin later in life, between 50 and 60

Other than the red, itchy skin the two conditions look very different. 

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Effects of Eczema

Eczema causes the skin to appear red, itchy, dry and cracked. In severe cases of Eczema, the skin can also blister and weep, and a certain type of Eczema can cause the skin to look discolored. Eczema can also appear as fluid-filled bumps. Symptoms can occur anywhere, but you are not likely to see them on the face in babies, or on the scalp, chest, back, neck, wrist, ankles, and in soft areas of the skin that bends, like inside the elbows and knees.


Effects of Psoriasis

Psoriasis causes thick, red, or white patches that can also appear silvery and scaly These patches can appear anywhere on the skin, but they most commonly show up on the outsides of the knees and elbows, the lower back and the scalp.  Psoriasis also can be found in the nails, which can make them brittle or potentially causing them to crumble and fall off. Eczema and Psoriasis are usually not triggered by the same thing.


Eczema Triggers


Eczema triggers are different depending on the type that people have. The most common cause of flare-ups from Eczema includes soap, laundry detergents, certain foods, environmental, allergens, like dust and pets, as well as viruses, cold, dry air, and itchy materials like wool. Also, stress and sudden changes in temperatures can also trigger reactions.


Psoriasis Triggers


Psoriasis triggers may include stress, medications, such as Beta- Blockers and Lithium, illnesses and dry cold air. A scratch or a bad sunburn can also trigger a flare-up of Psoriasis. Some people also believe that dairy, alcohol, sugar, and red meat may also trigger Psoriasis flare-ups.

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There Are Different Treatment For Psoriasis And Eczema


People who suffer from Eczema can use topical creams and lotions to help manage the dryness and irritation, and also use cold compresses to relieve painful itching. A doctor might also prescribe topical, or oral treatments to stop the skin cells from reproducing quickly. The treatments could include, Biologic, Fight Therapy Topical Coiticosteriods, Retinoids, or Salicylic Acid. People can also manage and treat the condition themselves by taking an oatmeal bath to alleviate itching and using a humidifier to help prevent dryness and irritation.


Psoriasis And Eczema ( Atopic Dermatitis)


A thick patch of white scales is characteristic of Psoriasis. A chronic autoimmune condition is considered to be Psoriasis, which is the overproduction of skin cells. The dead cells build up into silvery-white scales, which makes the skin become inflamed and red, which causes serious itching. There is currently no cure for Psoriasis; however, some topical light-based, and systemic pharmaceutical treatments can put the condition into remission. Psoriasis condition is not contagious.

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Understanding Eczema


Eczema or Atopic Dermatitis may also be a long- term condition affecting the skin, and it occurs because of hypersensitivity. This causes the skin to overact to certain triggers, such as dyes, fabrics, soaps, animals, and other irritants. Eczema is very common in infants. Many people tend to outgrow the hypersensitivity by childhood or early adulthood.  The skin may appear red, inflamed, peeling, cracked, blistered, or pus-filled. Generally, it is not covered with scaly dead skin. As with Psoriasis, Dermatitis (Eczema can occur anywhere on the body, which can cause intense itching. Eczema can be cleared by using topical treatments.


Psoriasis Vs Eczema On The Face


Although Psoriasis occurs mostly on the knees and elbows, it may also occur anywhere on the body.  This includes the face, scalp, and neck. With the proper treatments, Psoriasis on the face and scalp are often resolved, but the symptoms may recur. In may cases, scalp Psoriasis extends onto the forehead, ears, or neck. Psoriasis can be difficult to treat, especially when hair gets in the way. 


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Jason Eisler

Jason is the Author and Owner of Our Eczema Story. His articles, comments, and suggestions are not intended to replace any medical advice. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read on this blog or in any linked materials.