Psoriasis vs. Eczema

November 5th, 2013 | Eczema, Psoriasis

Is psoriasis the same as eczema? No, but the two are easily confused – and for good reason!

They share many of the same symptoms, as well as potential triggers, from environment to stress.

And the subject matter is a timely one. As the weather turns colder, skin conditions flare up for many people. (I sit here with Terrasil covering the eczema on my right hand, brought on by freezing temps and overwashing my hands to avoid the cold and flu!) Psoriasis and eczema are two conditions that are often aggravated by the cold, though there is no exact cause – or cure – for either condition.

Read on for a better understanding of psoriasis and eczema, and the differences the two.

What is Psoriasis?

Psoriasis is a chronic inflammatory disease, which is the result of an overactive skin cell renewal cycle. It’s a lifelong condition. As the cells pile up on the skin’s surface, symptoms often include raised, scaly patches anywhere on the body. They range in severity from person to person, and psoriasis is very common on the scalp.

Plaque psoriasis is the most common form of the condition, Psoriasis Connect reports, and affects nearly 90 percent of people with the disease.

What is Eczema?

Eczema is the common name for atopic dermatitis, which is a bit of a mystery. There is no known cause or cure for eczema, and it can come and go at any time. It may be the result of the skin coming in contact with an allergen or irritant, and often clears on its own.

Eczema is often marked by redness, itch, inflammation, pain, and dry, flaky skin, and may occur anywhere in the body. Still, symptoms are most common on the hands, feet and face.

So, What Are the Differences Between Psoriasis and Eczema?

Is it psoriasis or eczema?

  • Psoriasis is a chronic, lifelong skin disease, where eczema may affect a person at certain times in their lives, and then disappear altogether.
  • Psoriasis is thought to be hereditarywhere eczema is thought to be environmental.
  • Eczema commonly presents in children, where psoriasis is most common in adults.
  • Psoriasis often includes thick, silvery scales, where eczema is characterized by redness, inflammation and cracked skin.

Both psoriasis and eczema can be uncomfortable and persistent, so visit a medical professional if you have the symptoms! You can find relief, and learn to understand your personal triggers and work to avoid them, along with outbreaks.

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