Which condition is it?

Eczema or Psoriasis

Psoriasis and eczema are both inflammatory skin conditions which result in considerable discomfort and can prove difficult to treat.  Psoriasis and Eczema are both very common and the exact cause of these conditions are not known.  Although psoriasis and eczema are not life threatening, they can cause severe misery and disruption to the sufferers everyday life and that of their family.

Chronic Conditions

Psoriasis and eczema are both chronic conditions, one that persists for a long period of time, and as with any chronic condition it is important to look at your lifestyle and understand how various aspects of it may affect your skin.


Eczema is an inflammatory skin condition that is characterised by excruciating itching.  The skin often becomes very dry and red, with a scaly type of appearance.  Eczema appears as a rash and most commonly affects the face and neck as well as the arm and leg folds. The eczema may become more extensive and cover the entire body.  In most cases young children grow out of the condition by the age of 7 years.


Psoriasis on the other hand, is the result of an over production of skin cells.  It typically features discrete bright red patches covered with silvery scales.    Serious cases of psoriasis may lead to painful cracking, or fissuring, of the skin.  Psoriasis usually affects the scalp, knees, trunk and elbows.  Unlike eczema, it is rare in children, and will most commonly develop in early adulthood.

Both psoriasis and eczema cannot be cured, but they can be managed.  By using the appropriate medical treatment and by looking at your lifestyle and diet, you can take charge of your condition.  However, you must look after you’re skin on a daily basis to keep it healthy.

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