Eczema and psoriasis are rather common skin conditions that can be easily confused given their similar appearance. They can both appear as red scaly patches of skin on the scalp or body. The board-certified dermatologists at North Dallas Dermatology Associates are skilled at discerning the differences between them, and can accurately diagnose and provide appropriate medical dermatology treatment options for your eczema or psoriasis.
Differences Between Eczema and Psoriasis
If you know what to look for, eczema and psoriasis are two very distinct conditions. Eczema more commonly is associated with itching as well as a personal or family history of seasonal allergies and/or asthma. Psoriasis is an autoimmune condition that is associated with a personal or family history of other autoimmune diseases and does not usually itch.
The appearance and location of the rash can also give clues to which condition is occurring. Psoriasis is characterized by dry, scaly patches of dead skin that most often occur on the elbows and knees, while eczema frequently effects the tops of the hands and backs of knees. Fortunately, both have treatment options that can provide relief.
Treatments for Psoriasis and Eczema
For psoriasis, medical care is based on the type, severity, and location of the condition. There are several possible treatment options for psoriasis, including oral, topical, injectable, and light therapy options. A combination of these may be recommended based on previously mentioned factors.
The best treatment for eczema is prevention and treatment as early in the condition as possible. Keeping the skin moist and removing any fragrance containing products (soaps, moisturizers, detergents, etc) are key steps, as well as taking lukewarm rather than hot showers, and applying moisturizer immediately following bathing. Topical steroids and antihistamines are the mainstays of treatment for the itching and areas of inflamed skin.
Eczema and psoriasis can both be conditions that wax and wane over a lifetime, but learning to manage them can offer relief and long periods of symptom free skin.
Schedule a Psoriasis or Eczema Consultation Today
If you are suffering from psoriasis or eczema, don’t hesitate to contact the dermatology team at North Dallas Dermatology Associates for a diagnosis and treatment plan. Call (214) 761-8524 to learn more about eczema and psoriasis and to schedule your appointment!
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