Eczema and psoriasis are two troublesome, uncomfortable skin conditions your dermatologist can treat. Let’s look at the differences and similarities between these two conditions and how they are treated and managed.
Eczema is a condition also known as atopic dermatitis. It can be caused by immune system or genetic issues, or exposure to toxic or abrasive chemicals. Psoriasis is also caused by immune system factors, resulting in skin cells being produced too fast.
Eczema appears as reddish-brown patches on your face, scalp, chest, knees, elbows, hands, feet, and ankles. The excess skin cell production of psoriasis causes scaly patches to appear. Psoriasis is categorized in three levels of severity from mild to severe, depending on how much of the body is affected.
Both eczema and psoriasis can cause severe itching which can worsen at night. You may also experience red, raw, cracked skin areas.
To help manage eczema and psoriasis symptoms yourself, you can try:
The best solution is to visit your dermatologist for professional treatment if you think you might have eczema or psoriasis. For eczema, your dermatologist may recommend:
For psoriasis, your dermatologist may recommend:
To find out more about eczema and psoriasis signs, symptoms, management, and treatment, talk with an expert. Call our dermatologist today.