Telling The Difference Between Eczema And Psoriasis

By Katy Gilligan
Updated May 24, 2016
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Telling The Difference Between Eczema And PsoriasisThere are thousands of diseases and conditions around the world that cause numerous symptoms. Many conditions and diseases have similar symptoms. This can make it difficult for sufferers and their doctors to figure out exactly what is causing the symptoms. This is the case with eczema and psoriasis. They are both conditions that affect the skin and present similar symptoms. Although they are similar, there are some essential differences between the two. Knowing what the differences between the two conditions are is important for treatment purposes. If the condition is misdiagnosed, then it can get worse over time because it was not treated correctly. Working with your doctor about specific symptoms will lead to a correct diagnosis and early treatment.

Both eczema and psoriasis are conditions that affect the skin. Both also cause itching, scratching and possible embarrassment because of the spots that are visible on the skin. The definition of both conditions can begin to help tell the difference between the two conditions. Eczema is defined as a medical condition in which patches of skin become rough and inflamed. There can be blisters that case itching and bleeding. Eczema can also be a result from a reaction to irritation or from a bacterial infection. Psoriasis is much more simple. It is defined as a skin disease that is marked by red, itchy, scaly patches on the skin.

Both conditions cause itching. Eczema can cause an intense itch that can become so bad that the sufferer will scratch at their skin until they bleed. A person who has psoriasis also does experience itchiness, but there is more to how they feel with this condition. The skin of a person who has eczema may sting or burn. Many people who have had eczema in the past have said it feels like they are being bitten by bugs that cause a hot, stinging sensation.

Another difference between psoriasis and eczema is the age at which a person develops the condition. Eczema is quite common in young babies or young children. It is possible for adults to get eczema, but it is not as common. The eczema that shows up in adulthood is usually caused by another condition like thyroid disease, hormone changes, or stress. Psoriasis usually presents itself between the ages of 15 and 35. It is rare for babies and young children to have it, but it is possible for people of all ages to develop the condition.

Both psoriasis and eczema affect different parts of the body. Eczema is common on part of the body that bend. It is common on the inner elbow or behind the knees. It can also be seen on the neck, wrists and ankles. It is common on the chin, cheeks, scalp, chest, back, arms and legs when babies have the condition. Psoriasis affects similar parts of the body, but it can also show up in many different places of the body. It can appear on areas like: ears, fingernails, toenail, eyelids, skin folds, mouth and lips.

Both of the conditions have different triggers that can cause them to flare up. Eczema is brought on by different things that are irritating to the skin. Some of these things include: detergents, disinfectants, and soaps. Allergies can also set off eczema. Things that cause allergies that can also cause eczema are: foods, dandruff, pollen, mold, pets, and dust. Psoriasis also shares some of these triggers. Both are caused by high amounts of stress and infection. Psoriasis can also be caused by vaccination, sunburn, and scratches.

Getting the correct diagnosis for any type of condition, disease or ailment is essential for treatment. Although there are similar symptoms for both eczema and psoriasis, they have some key differences between them that can allow sufferers to tell them apart. Being able to tell them apart will help get the correct treatment sooner.

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