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What is psoriasis and eczema?
It’s actually surprisingly common for people to be unable to tell the technical difference between psoriasis and eczema, or even atopic dermatitis. All three have one similar symptom: patches of skin that are red and inflamed, and sometimes peeling.
Psoriasis is a chronic autoimmune system condition that results in the overproduction of skin cells. These dead skin cells proceed to build up into silvery-white scales, while the skin underneath becomes red, inflamed, and itchy. The white scales are the most recognizable characteristic of psoriasis.
Above is a depiction of plaque psoriasis.
There is no cure for psoriasis, although there are a few psoriasis treatment programs that aim to deal with psoriasis on the body. We reviewed one, the Psoriasis Revolution, and found it unsatisfactory to say the least.
Eczema, also know as atopic dermatitis, also has the ability to be a chronic skin condition. Eczema is caused by a hypersensitive reaction, like an allergy, which causes the skin to react to certain triggers. Triggers can be anything from clothing to dyes on clothing, to soaps, pets, or food. Unfortunately, eczema is very common in infants. Most people prefer to use herbal remedies for eczema as far as eczema in children treatment goes.
Some children with eczema are lucky enough to outgrow their sensitivities as they blossom into adulthood, sometimes becoming immune to their triggers before they even reach adolescence. For those who are not so blessed, they will have common eczema symptoms such as red and inflamed skin, peeling, cracking, blisters, and the presence of pus globules. Not everyone that has eczema have scaly dead skin, but it is possible.
If you’re afraid your child has eczema, look at the above children with eczema pictures to determine if their skin bears any resemblance. If so, it may be time to look into alternative medicine for eczema, like the Eczema Free program (reviewed here). It’s much better than trying to pump your children full of antibiotics, which could cause incredibly harm on their still developing immune systems and hormones.
Eczema and Psoriasis on the body or face will cause extremely irritating skin. However, scratching these areas of the body will lead to the development of even more severe conditions. Breaks in the skin caused from itching either psoriasis or eczema patches will cause breaks in the skin that will cause bleeding and make it easier for infection to enter into the individual’s body. The dryness from naturally having psoriasis and eczema can also lead to cracked skin from movement in general. If the eczema has lead to the development of pus-filled blisters, scratching them can cause the ooze to flow from the pus and create crusty patches on the skin.
Both Eczema and Psoriasis have similarities, but Eczema has the bonus of at least being treatable. This alone makes it important to be able to differentiate between the two.