What Are the Differences Between Psoriasis and Eczema?

Q:
What are the differences between psoriasis and eczema?

A:
Both eczema and psoriasis are chronic skin diseases. They both cause red, scaly skin rashes. Although they are quite similar, their  symptoms are really different.

Eczema Symptoms:

  • Itching. It may be severe, especially at night.
  • Red to brownish-gray patches, especially on the hands, feet, ankles, wrists, neck, upper chest, eyelids, inside the bend of the elbows and knees, and, in infants, the face, and scalp.
  • Small, raised bumps. They may leak fluid and crust over when scratched.
  • Thickened, cracked, dry, scaly skin.
  • Raw, sensitive, swollen skin from scratching.

Psoriasis Symptoms:

  • Red patches of skin covered with silvery scales
  • Small scaling spots (commonly seen in children)
  • Dry, cracked skin that may bleed
  • Itching, burning, or soreness
  • Thickened, pitted, or ridged nails
  • Swollen and stiff joints

The rash of psoriasis always has a very clear border. It separates the normal skin from the affected skin. However, eczema’s border is less well-demarcated, meaning it’s harder to see the separation. Please go to your doctor if you are not sure about your disease.

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