My toddler suffers from both eczema and psoriasis and often at the same time so it isn’t surprising that these two skin conditions often get confused for each other. While both eczema and psoriasis inflame the skin and are very visible skin conditions they are different in other important ways.
what are the differences between psoriasis and eczema?
- how does eczema and psoriasis look different?
Both psoriasis and eczema rashes are red, scaly and dry. Psoriasis looks different to eczema because it can also be thick, slightly raised above the skin and sometimes covered with white scales. For pictures of how psoriasis and eczema look different head over here.
- does eczema and psoriasis affect the same parts of the body?
Psoriasis and eczema are both likely to be found on the hands, feet and nape of the neck, so it can hard to tell between the rashes in these areas. Two places it’s easier to tell the difference are the elbows and knees. Psoriasis is more likely to be on the back of the elbows and the front of the knees and eczema on the inside of the arms and the back of the knees.
- what causes and triggers psoriasis and eczema?
Breakdowns in the immune system are thought to be responsible for psoriasis and eczema however the have different triggers. Psoriasis flares up when the body is comes into contact with an infection, skin injury or reacts to a medication. Eczema triggers depend a lot more on the environment and are usually things like dust, allergens, itchy clothing, a change in weather.
- are the treatments for psoriasis and eczema the same?
The first step to managing psoriasis and eczema is to know what your triggers are and to try to avoid or lessen them. The next step is to keep the skin as moisturised as possible. One way to do this is to use oatmeal in the bath. This will help relieve the itchiness and inflammation of both eczema and psoriasis as well as putting a moisture barrier on the skin to help with dryness. When the bath is over it’s important to only pat the skin dry instead of rubbing it because this will help keep the oatmeal on the skin so it can continue moisturise and soothe.
Eczema and psoriasis are treated with different creams, so if you’re not sure which one to use it’s best to take advice from your doctor.
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Disclaimer: Information provided is of a general nature only, and you should always consult your medical professional.