Eczema vs Psoriasis: Know the Symptoms

Both psoriasis and eczema are skin conditions that present with red rashes that are scaly in texture. These chronic skin conditions may look similar at first glance but can be distinguished from one another.

Learn more about these conditions and find out about treatment options in order to get clear, healthy skin once again.

Eczema Symptoms 

  • Presents with an intense itch that worsens with scratching.
  • Itching may be so severe that scratching causes the skin to break and bleed.
  • Skin has a red, swollen appearance.
  • Skin may also look crusty and may ooze.
  • May have the appearance of rough, dark red leather.
  • Usually appears on “bending” parts of the body, such as the inner elbow, behind the knees, on the neck, ankles or wrists. In babies, the rash may show up on the chin, scalp, cheeks, chest, arms, legs or back.
  • Typically triggered by skin irritants, such as soaps, disinfectants, laundry or dish detergents or juices from meats. Allergens can also cause the rash to appear. These allergens include pollen, pets, dust, mold and dandruff.
  • Occurs most often in infants and young children.
  • May accompany dry, itchy skin as often seen during winter weather.

Psoriasis Symptoms 

  • Also presents with an itchy rash, but the itchiness is also accompanied by feelings of burning or stinging pain.
  • Has the appearance of raised red patches that have a silvery, scaly appearance.
  • Skin becomes thicker in patches.
  • Typically appears on the face, scalp, soles of the feet, knees, elbows, palms of hands and lower back.
  • In rare occasions, the condition may also appear on the eyelids, mouth, ears, lips, skinfolds, fingernails and toenails.
  • Flare-ups occur during times of stress and infection or as a reaction to a vaccination, a scratch or a sunburn.
  • Occurs most often during adulthood; most cases appear between the ages of 15 to 35.
  • Linked to serious health conditions, such as heart disease, depression and diabetes.

Treatment Options 

If you suspect that you have one of these chronic skin conditions, it’s best to make an appointment with a professional and caring dermatologist. Treatment options include corticosteroid creams, emollients, medications that affect the immune system, light therapy and/or biologic drugs. Talk with our professional staff today in order to schedule an appointment and find the best treatment options for you.

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