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Difference between Eczema and Psoriasis

Some people or rather many people gets confused about the difference between psoriasis, eczema and dermatitis, There is no surprise in it. Even dermatologists sometimes have trouble identifying these skin problems. Actually, both eczema and psoriasis are types of dermatitis, which simply means "inflammation of the skin."

Eczema is considered more as a symptom than an actual disease, and it is best treated by dealing with the underlying cause. Psoriasis can be controlled by prescription drugs, but these are hard on the liver and therefore must be carefully administered, especially considering that impaired liver function is thought to contribute to psoriasis. Eczema is one of the most common skin conditions, affecting people of all ages and both sexes. The terms eczema and dermatitis are often used by doctors to describe the same set of symptoms; irritated, red and itchy inflamed skin.

Psoriasis is a skin disorder that affects at least one out of every 50 persons in the United States with both sexes and all age groups involved. The exact cause of psoriasis is unknown.

Can it be possible for someone to have psoriasis and eczema at the same time?

The biology of skin limits the number of ways in which it can manifest a disease process-by redness, flaking, swelling, etc. Thus, many skin conditions can superficially resemble one another and a dermatologic examination is necessary to establish a diagnosis. Self-diagnosis of a troublesome skin condition can delay proper treatment.

Psoriasis and eczema are two skin problems that seem to be similar to a degree, although this is not a hard and fast rule. In persons with psoriasis the incidence of allergic contact dermatitis and atopic dermatitis-two major forms of eczema-appears to be substantially lower than in the general population. A suggested reason is that the immune system malfunctioning believed to be a factor in psoriasis is not the same as deregulation of immune pathways in these forms of eczema.

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