How Can I Tell the Difference Between Psoriasis and Eczema?

How Can I Tell the Difference Between Psoriasis and Eczema?

At MetaDerm, we know that understanding your body is the first step on the journey to a life of more normal, healthy skin. Some people’s psoriasis goes undiagnosed for years before they understand how to treat it properly, and many people confuse psoriasis with eczema on their path to treat symptoms and find relief.

Both conditions are common genetic skin conditions, but psoriasis and eczema have some key differences that impact the way each is treated. Eczema is the term for a group of medical conditions that cause the skin to become inflamed or irritated, while psoriasis is a chronic skin condition caused by an overactive immune system.

Below is a handy chart to help you and your loved ones understand the differences between the two skin conditions, so you can find the most effective treatment plan possible, but it’s important to visit a doctor for an official diagnosis.

 

Psoriasis

Eczema

Definition

A chronic skin condition caused by an overactive immune system leading to the overproduction of skin cells.

A term for a group of medical conditions that cause the skin to become inflamed or irritated.

Prevalence

~7.5 million people in the U.S.1

10-29 percent of infants, 3 percent of adults and children in the U.S.2

Appearance

Dry, flaky layers of skin, red plaques with white scales, discolored or pitted fingernails and toenails

Red, inflamed patches of skin; thick and scaly skin

Diagnosis

See a general physician or dermatologist.

See a general physician or dermatologist.

Location

Most commonly found on the scalp, elbows, knees and lower back.

Most commonly found on the face, back of the knees, wrists, hands or feet.

Cure

None.

None.

 

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