Skin disorders can be extremely painful, both physically and emotionally. Psoriasis and Eczema are two common skin illnesses that might be confusing due to their similarities. They are fundamentally different conditions, despite the fact that they have some similar symptoms. It’s a common concern to wonder if Psoriasis and Eczema are somehow connected. In this article, we will look at the differences, similarities, and potential links between these two conditions.
Psoriasis is a chronic skin condition distinguished by an excessive and rapid production of skin cells. This results in thick and scaly areas developing on the skin’s surface. Psoriasis can appear at any age, but it commonly does so between the ages of 15 and 35. Eczema frequently starts in childhood. Psoriasis is characterized by persistent, red, and scaly skin patches that can appear on the scalp, lower back, elbows, knees, and other areas of the body.
Although the exact cause of Psoriasis is still unknown, it is thought to be caused by an abnormal immune response. Healthy skin cells are mistakenly attacked by the immune system, which causes inflammation and excessive skin cell development. Psoriasis frequently runs in families, therefore genetic factors play a big part in how it develops. Infections, stress, smoking, and certain medications are just a few triggers that can make Psoriasis symptoms worse.
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Eczema, also known as atopic dermatitis, is another chronic skin disorder that is more frequent in childhood, however may endure into adulthood. Eczema often manifests as itchy, dry patches of skin that are red, inflamed, and scaly. Though they can appear anywhere, the face, neck, hands, and creases of the elbows and knees are popular areas for these patches to appear.
The exact cause of Eczema is complex and difficult to determine, however, it is believed to be a combination of environmental and genetic factors. People who have a family history of Eczema, asthma, or allergies are at a higher risk of getting this condition. Stress, allergens like pollen or pet dander, and irritants like soaps and detergents can all be Eczema triggers.
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Are Psoriasis and Eczema Related?
Despite some similarities, Psoriasis and Eczema are fundamentally separate conditions with different causes and treatments. However, there are a few significant points when the two overlap:
Genetic Predisposition: The tendency for Psoriasis and Eczema to run in families points to a hereditary component. Thus, genetics plays a role in the origins of Psoriasis and Eczema.
Immune System Involvement: The immune system is involved in both conditions. In Psoriasis, healthy skin cells are attacked by the immune system, resulting in inflammation and a rapid turnover of cells. In Eczema, the immune system reacts to irritants and allergens in the environment, causing inflammation.
Symptom Overlap: Some symptoms of Psoriasis and Eczema are similar, such as dry, red, and itchy skin. This overlap can sometimes make distinguishing between the two conditions difficult, especially in their early stages.
Co-Occurrence: Though uncommon, it is possible for Psoriasis and Eczema to occur together, however, they rarely flare up at the same time. In a 2020 study, 38 children were diagnosed with both Eczema and Psoriasis. To ensure that you receive proper treatment, it’s important to be able to differentiate between the conditions.
Distinguishing Between Psoriasis and Eczema
Despite their similarities, Psoriasis and Eczema also have different characteristics that can be used to distinguish one from the other:
Appearance: Eczema causes red and inflamed skin which could be crusty, oozing, or scaly. You might notice rough, leathery patches that are usually dark and can result in swelling. Psoriasis can also cause red patches which could be raised, scaly, and silvery. However, with Psoriasis, the skin is thicker and more inflamed than it is with Eczema if you examine it closely.
Location: Both Psoriasis and Eczema result in skin rashes, but the difference between where they manifest on your body is a clue. Eczema most commonly manifests itself in the crook of the elbow and the backs of the knees (flexural surfaces). Psoriasis is more frequently found on the fronts of the knees and shins (extensor surfaces), as well as the outsides of the forearms and elbows.
Scaling: Eczema causes red spots, dry, scaly skin, and occasionally the oozing of clear fluids, which results in swelling and inflammation. Psoriasis, on the other hand, manifests as clearly defined, layered, scaly patches, frequently with silvery, white, or red colouration, as well as thicker, raised, and more inflamed skin because of excessive skin cell buildup.
Itching: Both Eczema and Psoriasis can cause itchy skin, although the nature of the itch varies. Eczema causes a severe itch, especially at night and in children, which can interfere with sleep. Psoriasis, on the other hand, may not always induce itching, but rather a burning, stinging feeling or a milder itch.
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In conclusion, Psoriasis and Eczema are distinct skin conditions with different causes and symptoms. While they share some similarities, such as genetic predisposition and immune system involvement, they are not directly related. When you book an Iridology consultation with us, we’ll recommend you an appropriate treatment plan if you suspect you have either of these skin conditions. Understanding the differences between Psoriasis and Eczema can help people manage their symptoms effectively and improve their quality of life.
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