Eczema Vs. Psoriasis
Skin conditions could have genetic links, occasional flare-ups, and a non-contagious nature. The difference between eczema and psoriasis is that the former is more often described as a hypersensitivity that only affects children (which is false–eczema affects adults as well). Despite the misinformation and conflating of the two conditions due to the similarity in symptoms, they are distinct, especially in appearance. They also differ in how they are felt by the patients.
Nonetheless, they are both autoimmune conditions affecting the skin but are not contagious and could be caused by genetics. At the Dermatologic Surgery Center in Medina, OH, we can diagnose and treat both conditions’ symptoms such as relieving skin swelling, itch, etc.
What Is Eczema?
Eczema is common but manageable and can cause dry itchy skin exhibiting swelling and rashes. Scratching it irritates the skin in a positive feedback loop which leads to more irritation and then more scratching. The patches can be very itchy which may cause further deterioration, bleeding or infection. Additionally, eczema is more common in children and occurs due to hypersensitivity reactions.
Some factors that trigger eczema include soaps, detergents, disinfectants, juices from produce or meats or dry skin in adults. There are also other factors that can cause allergies and trigger eczema such as, dust, pets, pollen, mold, or dandruff, etc. Most importantly, infections, stress, sweating, heat, humidity, and hormonal changes can cause eczema. However, this does not mean that if you are exposed to such conditions, you will get eczema.
What Is Psoriasis?
Psoriasis is a chronic immune-mediated disease, meaning the immune system becomes dysfunctional resulting in skin changes. This causes the skin cell turnover period to be shorter. Additionally, psoriasis may appear more silver or white in some areas. It is more common in patients between the ages of 15 and 35. It entails thicker scales and a deeper burning sensation. Psoriasis also shares some of the previously mentioned triggers, such as stress and infection. Some other factors that can flare up the skin include sunburn and scratches.
Psoriasis may be linked to other serious health conditions, such as diabetes, heart disease or depression. It is important to note that our experienced providers in Medina will be able to diagnose psoriasis and provide relief if you are dealing with such symptoms.
Which Areas Are Affected By Eczema And Psoriasis?*
Eczema and psoriasis can appear in different parts of the body. However, some areas are more susceptible to these conditions.
For example, Eczema often shows up on:
- Inner elbow
- Back of the knees
- Ankles and wrists
- Cheeks, back, legs, arms or scalp in babies
Psoriasis is more likely to occur on:
- Foot soles
- Lower back
- Tops of fingers, mouth, lips, eyelids and ears
- Fingernails and toenails.
How Are Eczema And Psoriasis Treated? *
If you are dealing with any of these conditions, it is important that you maintain a healthy lifestyle. You could eat a healthy diet, drink more water and get plenty of exercise.
Typically, eczema is treated with a topical corticosteroid cream. If an infection has occurred, then antibiotic creams or prescription oral medication may be given. Additionally, there are barrier creams that may be useful to protect skin from irritations and infections allowing the skin to heal. Some of the specific medications that we prescribe are Protopic and Elidel. This will target the immune system. Dupixent, on the other hand, is an injectable antibiotic prescribed for more severe cases.
Just like eczema, psoriasis treatment often starts with topical corticosteroid creams as well. Generally, we recommend taking cold showers and then applying creams that soften the skin. You could be prescribed vitamin D supplements in addition to the creams to further relieve psoriasis symptoms. Some of the prescribed medications, depending on the patient, could be oral, injectable or intravenous. However, these are usually the final steps in most treatment plans. Some specific medications could be Enstilar and Taclonex for safer and more effective results. In our Medina surgical center, we will develop a treatment plan for you to deliver optimum outcomes.
Please note that each medication prescribed may have side effects and the results vary based on the individual.
Schedule An Appointment!
If you are suffering from eczema or psoriasis, you are not alone. Understanding the differences between eczema and psoriasis can help you recognize the condition and seek help. To explore your options of diagnosis and treatments, call us today to schedule an appointment at the Dermatologic Surgery Center in Medina, OH. Our recommendations are based on the severity of the conditions and your health history. We can help you subside the frustrating symptoms of eczema and psoriasis and improve your look and confidence.
*Disclaimer: Results for each patient will vary. Please remember that the information provided will not guarantee your eligibility for treatment. Consultation and medical examination must be completed before approval.