Psoriasis and Eczema – The same or different?

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 is 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.

Psoriasis and eczema are both chronic conditions, ones that persist 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.  Unfortunately there is no known cure for psoriasis and eczema, but they can be managed.

What is Eczema

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 is most commonly found on the face, neck and arm and leg folds.  It is usually the result of an allergic reaction, which may simply be outgrown or may extend to cover the entire body.

What is Psoriasis

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, and taking what steps you can to look after your skin and keep it healthy, you can take charge of your condition.

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