There is a Difference
Numerous people do not know how todifferentiate psoriasis from the eczema. However, the lack ofsimilarities between the two is more than visible. Firstly, eczema ismostly related to children and expresses itself through skininflammations which cause some reactions like redness and others toappear on the surface of the skin on the arms and behind one's knees.On the other hand, psoriasis stands for a skin condition whichresults in abnormality in skin cell production, manifesting throughexcessive layers of dead skin cells appearing on the surface of theregular skin. Visually, this may be described as the appearance ofsmall, silvery scales upon a person's skin. Nevertheless, there arenumerous other differences between the two.
Reasons behind Eczema
This mysterious skin condition stilltroubles our medicine since we are yet to find out what are thedirect causes of it. Regardless, we know that low immunity or dryskin, as well as stress may somewhat enhance this condition. However,these are not the direct causes, or, at least that is what theexperts choose to believe in.
Reasons behind Psoriasis
Contrary to eczema, psoriasis has manydifferent causes. One of the most common ones involves formation ofabnormal skin cells which are known to attack the healthy ones,leading to the development of this condition. Additionally, stress,some genetic disorders, alcohol abuse, different skin conditions andsome other factors, all may be behind psoriasis.
Firstly, eczema manifests throughredness, accompanied by itchiness and discomfort. Upon scratching,the situation is bound to get worse. Moreover, bumps and even small blisters capable of producing fluiddischarge may appear onthe skin surface. The latter case usually happens after severe scratching ofthe troublesome spot.
As for psoriasis, it also causesitching and sometimes redness. However, skin cracks and swelling maybe apparent upon wrists, ankles and other such places. The cracks mayeven bleed due to excessive dryness of the skin affected by thiscondition. The red or silvery scales are bound to appear, causingpain, tenderness, and irritation.
Different Diseases – DifferentTreatments
Eczema is a condition often treated bytopical creams or some other medications made for these purposes.Also, the troubled person is supposed to avoid any clothes, materialsand situations which may cause friction upon the problematic spot onthe skin.
Psoriasis, on the other hand, mayinvolve some more complex procedures. Even though there are somecreams and similar products to be used here as well, some morecomplex variants of the disease may need removal of the dry scalesand some advanced skin therapy like applying coal tar, certain acids,vitamins or other substances. There are different approachesinvolving light treatment as well.