Psoriasis and Eczema: What’s The Difference?

At first glance, Psoriasis and Eczema do look similar. Both cause the skin to turn red, dry, itchy, flaky and scaly.  Also, they’re not contagious! However, these two are completely different. 

How different are they? Firstly, look at the affected area.

Also known as dermatitis, Eczema normally develops in childhood and hence, commonly found in children. It is characterized by dry, itchy skin and forms rashes. When you look at the affected area, there may be bleeding. Also, the skin looks rough, leathery and dark in colour for severe cases of Eczema.

Psoriasis, on the other hand, commonly began in older years. It has silver-coloured scales and the skin (or buildup) appears thicker than the one with Eczema. 

Don’t forget the itch intensity.

Both Eczema and Psoriasis cause itchiness but it is more intense in Eczema cases. Severe Eczema can cause you to scratch the affected area until it bleeds (that’s how intense the itchiness is). In the case of Psoriasis, the itchiness is normally a mild one. Sometimes, it comes with a burning and stinging sensation.


Triggers for Psoriasis and Eczema

Certain products may trigger Eczema flare-ups. Things like everyday products such as body wash, facial wash, lotion, detergent, and household cleaners. Excessive sun, sweat, pollen, dust, cigarette smoke and metal can be a trigger too. 

Eczema sufferers should also avoid long, hot showers as the heat may trigger flare-ups. Lukewarm or cool water usage is encouraged. You may read about Psoriasis triggers here.

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