How To Identify Psoriasis vs. Eczema

How To Identify Psoriasis vs. Eczema | Spectrum Dermatology, Scottsdale

How To Identify Psoriasis vs. Eczema

You suddenly notice red, itchy skin on your body. Is it psoriasis? Maybe eczema? These names are used interchangeably quite often, but they are two very different skin conditions.

While a dermatologist can confirm which skin condition you have, you can determine whether you have eczema or psoriasis by learning how to identify common symptoms of both.

What is Eczema?

Eczema is a skin condition that causes severe itching. Many people scratch themselves until they bleed due to the intensity of the itch.

Inflammation also characterizes eczema. Your skin may look red and scaly. There may also be oozing and crusting. In some cases, eczema causes rough, dark and leathery patches of skin.

Eczema is common for babies and others with sensitive skin. Many develop scabs and blisters filled with pus. Many people seek relief as they get older. It is not common to get eczema as an adult. If you do get it, it is typically due to a medical condition or hormone changes.

What is Psoriasis?

Psoriasis is an autoimmune disorder that can be itchy, like eczema. However, most people experience a burning or stinging sensation. Psoriasis may present itself in red patches, but in many cases, the patches are covered with silvery scales. The patches are often raised above the skin, and there is usually more inflammation.

Psoriasis typically occurs in the teens, 20s, and 30s. It is a symptom of a more serious condition. See your doctor if you have psoriasis so you can get tested for diabetes, heart disease, and other serious illnesses.

Spectrum Dermatology in Scottsdale Can Manage Your Skin Issues

Psoriasis and eczema are two uncomfortable skin issues. Get help managing these conditions by contacting Spectrum Dermatology. We offer numerous treatment options to help improve your skin’s texture and appearance. Give us call at (480) 948-8400 for a consultation. Our Scottsdale dermatologists can help you meet your skin care goals.