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What Is The Difference Between Eczema and Psoriasis

Aug 17, 2007
Skin problems can give one a lot of discomfort. And the very first thing you need to do to treat any kind of skin problem is to identify what type of condition you are actually having. Your doctor can diagnose your illness and advise proper medication. It also important for you to get an idea of what possible skin problem you are having. A lot of people may confuse eczema with psoriasis and vice versa. To know the differences of each skin condition, here are some of the things you need to know.

The terms eczema and psoriasis are both of Greek origin. Eczema literally means 'to boil out' and psoriasis derived from 'psoera', meaning 'to itch'. The age bracket when eczema and psoriasis attack differs. Psoriasis often inflicts adults, more than they do in children. One survey showed that about 3% of UK and US adults are affected with psoriasis. As for eczema, about 20% of UK and US children and 5% of its adult population are experiencing the said condition. In general, psoriasis is said to have been more prevalent in adults and while eczema are often experienced by children.

The root causes of psoriasis and eczema also differ. Skin irritants often cause eczema. These include products with strong chemicals including detergents, perfumes and harsh cosmetics. On the other hand, psoriasis is link with a strong genetic component than it is likely to have been caused by environmental irritants.

The appearance of the affected skin in case of eczema and psoriasis may have some similarities but they do have evident differences that set them apart from each other. Eczema is described as dry skin that may appear to be small blisters or raised spots. It is also coupled with excessive itching. On the other hand, psoriasis is rough, red and raise skin, which can be itchy too. The main difference of eczema and psoriasis is that the latter is characterized by scaly flaking that may often cause skin bleeding.

Both eczema and psoriasis don't have exact cure methods yet, but treatments can effectively help alleviate their symptoms. While eczema has less serious symptoms, psoriasis can pose adverse effects on body joints and may cause symptoms similar to arthritis.

Since eczema may be triggered by allergic reactions to specific kind of foods, you can help reduce eczema breakouts by avoiding whatever foods you think caused your eczema breakouts. Although there are no proven links between psoriasis and one's diet, some experts advice less intake of fats and sweets.

There are differences of psoriasis and eczema. However to be absolutely sure as to the type of skin condition that you are having, it is best to get a proper diagnosis by a skin specialist. You can then seek the appropriate treatment and medication for your skin problems.
About the Author
Evelyn Lim has been suffering from eczema skin symptoms for several years. She got herself treated recently through researching about her condition and testing out natural therapies. Find out about her journey to healing skin and her tips here at http://www.eczemaskintreatment.com
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