The Difference Between Eczema & Psoriasis

hand applying lotionWhile on the surface, eczema and psoriasis may seem very similar, there are a few slight differences between the two that are worth knowing about.

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Mayo Clinic defines eczema as a condition that makes your skin red and itchy. Psoriasis, on the other hand, is defined as an overproduction of skin cells and is characterized by thick, silvery scales and itchy dry, red patches that are sometimes painful. Both are autoimmune diseases.

Eczema may occur as a result of coming in contact with certain dyes, fabrics, soaps, laundry detergents, animals, and other triggers, including stress, fragrance, and over-washing of the hands. In addition to being red and itchy, the affected areas may have blisters or be filled with pus. In most cases, you can clear eczema with over-the-counter topical or antibiotic creams. Eczema is very common among infants.