Question: What is the difference between eczema and psoriasis?

What is the difference between eczema and psoriasis? And how is each one treated?


These conditions, eczema & psoriasis both present in a similar fashion. Both appear red, sore, itchy, scaly patches. What makes them different, is that eczema is often caused by a trigger, an allergy, something that the person has a sensitivity to, but it can be treated and managed. Psoriasis on the other hand is an auto-immune disease and there is no cure for it. There can be flare-ups at any time and these flare-ups can be linked to low immunity or during high stress situations. They are also treated in similar ways. Psoriasis is treated mainly with a combination of UV light treatments along with Steroid-based creams, Calcipotriene -containing topical ointments, Coal-tar ointments and shampoos. With eczema, obviously we try to manage all the triggers and it can be treated with various supplements and use of topicals such as cortizones etc.

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