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Psoriasis and Eczema: What’s The Difference?

January 20, 2018

What are they and how to tell them apart

The symptoms of psoriasis and eczema can seem the same to an untrained eye, and if you suspect that you’re suffering from either of both, here’s how you can tell them apart:



It is famously known as an autoimmune disease. The skin cells in your body would regenerate every three to four days; about seven times quicker than the average life cycle. Thus, they would manifest as a series of raised patches that are red with a coating of white skin cells that are already dead. They typically appear on the scalp, knees, elbows, lower back, and genitals. This often leads to itching, cracking, and sometimes, bleeding.

There are also other types of psoriasis. Guttate psoriasis usually begins from childhood and can look like tiny lesions. Inverse psoriasis takes on the form of shiny red rashes in body folds such as the underarms and breasts. Pustular psoriasis is non-infectious pus-filled blisters commonly found on the palm of your hands and sole of your feet. The rarest variation is erythrodermic psoriasis, which causes most of your body to flare up, and can be extremely itchy and painful. If this sounds like you, click here to get help from Malaysia’s leading dermatologists now.



Those who suffer perpetually itchy and inflamed skin most likely have eczema. For starters, note that when most people mention eczema, they’re actually referring to atopic dermatitis, evident by red and scaly dry patches on the surface of the skin, which can also include small red bumps.

There are also other types of eczema, like contact dermatitis. This happens when an irritating substance comes in contact with a part of your body. It will cause the skin in the affected area to burn, swell, and crust over. Dyshidrotic eczema is another distinct yet common strain that afflicts millions of patients worldwide as it can be brought about by an episode of stress and exposure to certain types of metal.


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