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Differences between Eczema and Psoriasis

Eczema and Psoriasis are two common skin conditions which can easily be mistaken for one another. This is due to the presence of similar symptoms, including patchy, dry and itchy skin. To the untrained eye it can be particularly difficult to distinguish one from the other, however a misdiagnosis can negatively affect the outcome of treatment.

Here are some useful pointers which should help you to decide whether it is Eczema or Psoriasis that is present:

 

Eczema

Eczema tends to occur after exposure to an irritating substance (usually a chemical substance or allergen), which has got underneath the skin. This causes irritation and redness, in the form of small, dry, itchy, raised bumps which may ooze fluid if scratched. The dry skin does not usually flake.

Eczema can cause nail changes, such as increased thickness, but does not usually cause pitting. The cause is usually environmental (outside the body) due to weather/climate changes, harsh chemicals, dryness, rough fabrics, or allergic reactions.

 

 Psoriasis

Although Psoriasis also causes dry itchy skin, in the most common form of Psoriasis (Plaque Psoriasis) red regions are usually raised and coated with silvery scaling, which flakes off and causes the skin beneath to bleed.

Psoriasis can be a debilitating condition which may also cause painful inflammation in the joints (psoriatic arthritis) and can cause nails to become damaged, pitted and thickened. The scaling effect is believed to be as a result of internal causes such as genetics and chemical imbalances in the body which cause the body to produce excess skin.

A much less common form of Psoriasis (Guttate Psoriasis) is found predominantly in children and young adults and this presents in the form of small, water-droplet sized, red bumps on the skin.

 

Remember…

While these tips will help you to determine which skin condition is present, it is important that you visit your GP or a dermatologist, who will be able to give you a thorough diagnosis and propose the correct course of treatment.

If you are diagnosed with Eczema or Psoriasis you may benefit from TalarMade’s range of Dermacura products, which provide rapid itch relief and promote skin repair.

 

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