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The difference between psoriasis and eczema

Itching is a common problem that many Danes know about. Itching is often because the skin is dry and itching will typically decrease if you lubricate the area with eg moisturizer. Perhaps you have heard of both psoriasis and eczema, which in many ways is not an orphan. But do you really know the difference between the two diseases? If not, you may want to read further on this page, where we look at the difference between psoriasis and eczema.

What is psoriasis?

Psoriasis is a chronic skin disease, probably four to five percent of us suffer from. If you have psoriasis, your cells in the epidermis divide faster than normal. In addition, there occurs an inflammatory reaction in the skin, which forms the visible scaling and redness in the skin. Psoriasis typically occurs in the form of more or less scaly patches which can sit anywhere on the skin. Lesions though mostly on the elbows, knees and scalp.

Psoriasis can also occur in the following forms:

  • in skin folds in the form of red spots without scales for example, groin or groin
  • the nails in the form of thickening of the nail, which also find it easier to loosen
  • teardrop psoriasis in most of the body, triggered by a streptococcal infection in the throat
  • pustular psoriasis in the form of small, yellow blisters, fever and malaise.

The cause of psoriasis is unknown, but there are probably several factors that come into play. On the other hand, we know that the disease is not contagious. Rash Tets red color is caused by a tissue reaction in the skin.

The treatment can reduce the burden of psoriasis significantly. Treatment depends on how hard you are affected by skin disease. Most may settle for local treatment.

What is eczema?

Eczema is a chronic, inflammatory skin disease. There is thus no question of either bacteria or viruses. In turn creates inflammation of an area of ​​itching and redness. Atopic eczema is probably the best known type of eczema. It is a hereditary eczema type that typically affects young children. Atopic eczema gives dry, itchy skin, and that can easily arise infections. In addition, the skin is often red and thickened.

In addition, toxic eczema frequent eczema disease that can occur if you, for example washing hands frequently or often exposing your skin to detergents. When eczema is erupting, the skin's top layer, which is broken. The symptoms of eczema may therefore, be reduced by applying the moisturizer. It is important to use creams with high fat percentage for the treatment and prevention of eczema. At Nulallergi you can among other things find a wide variety of creams for itching, irritation and eczema.

What is the difference between psoriasis and eczema?

It can be hard to tell the difference between psoriasis and eczema because both diseases are chronic. Both diseases alternates between periods of onset and remission, and the affected areas are both red and itchy. Unlike psoriasis is areas with eczema often thinner and less scaly. Additionally, eczema typically occur in areas other than psoriasis. Eczema occurs for example in the skin folds at the knees and elbows, and neck and hands.

Once you know whether you have eczema or psoriasis, you also know how you can possibly treat the symptoms. Contact your doctor to have an hudundersøgelse.




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