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What's the Difference between Psoriasis and Eczema?

November 09, 2020 2 min read

When it comes to skin conditions, “rash” is a kind of catch-all term that is used to describe itchy outbreaks. While rashes can potentially represent a myriad of dermal ailments, two of the most common are eczema and psoriasis. Both complaints can cause itching, redness, discomfort and embarrassment due to their appearances – but they are not the same.


Eczema is an umbrella term that includes atopic dermatitis, dyshidrotic eczema, asteatotic eczema, neurodermatitis, stasis dermatitis, contact dermatitis, and seborrheic dermatitis. While these are the most common forms, there are numerous other variants that fall under the term eczema. Eczema breakouts are most commonly found in the skin folds, for example on the inside of your elbows or the back of the knees.

Eczema typically presents with red, itchy skin and can be present with or without scales. Depending on the type of eczema, treatment will vary greatly.

It is vital to have eczema checked out by a specialist to avoid incorrect and potentially harmful home treatment.


In normal skin, the body produces new skin cells at a certain rate that allows the newer cells to rise to the highest layers of dermis as the oldest cells are sloughed or flaked off. In psoriatic patients, the body sends incorrect signals to the skin that causes overproduction of skin cells. These cells are pushed to the outer layers of the skin quicker than normal, so they don’t look like normal skin. They are red and may appear either like plaques or pustules. They are often covered with a scaly, silvery crust.

Psoriasis can occur anywhere on the body but is most frequently found on the elbows and knees. It is not contagious but can be both itchy, painful, and embarrassing. Since there are different types of psoriasis, it is crucial to get a professional evaluation and treatment plan.

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Whenever a rash occurs, avoid trying to diagnose and treat it without having it assessed by an expert. Make an appointment and get the peace of mind that comes with knowing what the rash is and how to properly treat it.

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