What Are the Differences Between Psoriasis and Eczema?

What are the differences between psoriasis and eczema?

Both eczema and psoriasis are chronic skin diseases. They both cause red, scaly skin rashes. Although they are quite similar, theirĀ  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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