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Psoriasis or Eczema - Which One Do you Have?

Eczema and psoriasis are skin conditions that share a number of symptoms such as red patches, itchiness, blotchy skin and irritation. Due to similar signs and symptoms, you may not be able to tell if it is eczema or psoriasis that you are suffering from. Both eczema and psoriasis have parallel causes such as stress. These conditions are not contagious. At times, doctors find it difficult to differentiate between eczema and psoriasis due to similar symptoms. Being able to distinguish between the two similar conditions can assist you to get the right diagnosis.

Psoriasis is a generic condition where cell of the skin grow fast leading to raised parts of the skin. Eczema is a terminology used to explain itchy skin situations that are caused by certain sicknesses, dry skin, and stress or having contact with irritant or an allergen. The other differences between these two skin conditions include:

1. Their period of inception is different.

-->Psoriasis commonly affects people between fifteen and thirty years of age. It can also appear later in life between the ages of fifty and sixty.

-->Eczema is commonly realized in young children and babies, the symptoms reduce as the child grows. Eczema can affect adults too.

2. Apart from the itchy red skin, these conditions appear different.

-->For eczema, the skin will appear red and cracked, with weeping blisters or sometimes as discolored skin. It can also manifest as bubs filled with fluid. Eczema can affect any part of the skin but mostly appears on the scalp, the face of a baby, back, wrist, neck, chest, ankles and soft parts of the skin, which bend like inside of the knees and elbows.

-->Psoriasis will appear as like thick scaly or silvery patches that are red or white. Psoriasis can affect any part of the skin but will mostly affect the scalp, lower back, and outside the knees or elbows. It can also lead to pitting of the nails. This can make the nails brittle and easy to fall off.

3. They are not caused by all the same triggers.

-->Psoriasis can be caused by stress, medicines like lithium and beta blockers, sicknesses, cold or dry air. It can also be triggered by sunburn or a scratch. Some people also believe that alcohol, dairy, red meat and sugar can trigger a psoriasis flare up.

-->The type of eczema that you have depends on its trigger. Frequent triggers are detergents, soaps, some foods, viruses, allergens like pets and dust, itchy woolen material or dry air. Prompt temperature variation or stress can cause eczema.

4. The treatment for eczema and psoriasis differ.

-->Treatment for eczema may comprise the use of lotions and creams to manage irritation or dryness or cold compress to alleviate painful itching. The physician can also prescribe corticosteroids or antihistamines.

--> Psoriasis can be treated by the use of oral or topical medications to inhibit fast growth of skin cells. The treatment may involve salicylic acid, topical corticosteroids, biologics, retinoid and light therapy. You can also use oatmeal baths to stop itching or humidifier to alleviate irritation or dryness.

Now that you know the differences between eczema and psoriaris, you can seek effective treatment for your condition. This kind of treatment is available at the Ayurvedic Research Center. Our physicians will diagnose your condition and scrutinize you to determine if there is a possible link to another ailment that needs medical attention. We offer Ayurvedic treatment for eczema in our office.

Perhaps you have suffered psoriasis or eczema for a long period of time without any positive help. The good news is that our doctors who are experts in skin conditions can help in alleviating your condition without any recurring incidences after or during treatment. You will get adequate help you need from doctors at the Ayurveric Research Center.

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