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How can one tell if something is eczema or psoriasis?

How can one tell if something is eczema or psoriasis?

Location?: Both rashes can be scaly, psoriasis more scaly, can be silverish scales. Common on elbows, eczema less so. Psoriasis can have fingernail pitting (tiny holes in nails). Eczema not. Eczema associated with other allergies; stress, seasonal. Psoriasis-- knees too. Or see your doctor or dermatologist. ...Read more

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Dr. Barbara Stark Baxter
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Atopic Dermatitis (Definition)

A range of persistent skin conditions that include dryness and recurring skin rashes. The cause is unknown but presumed to be a combination of ...Read more


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Please advise what is the difference between eczema and psoriasis?

Please advise what is the difference between eczema and psoriasis?

Very similar!: Eczema-dry cracking psoriasis. The same hla genes are identical for both. My belief is that they are variants of the same immune process, although many might disagree! i treat them the same way! ...Read more

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How can you distinguish between eczema and psoriasis in babies?

How can you distinguish between eczema and psoriasis in babies?

You cannot: you cannot but your pediatrician or a dermatologist often can. ...Read more

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I have very bad eczema and psoriasis by doc has recommended some very strong tablets are they worth the risk looking at the damage they can do ?

I have very bad eczema and psoriasis by doc has recommended some very strong tablets are they worth the risk looking at the damage they can do
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No answer: "Strong tablets"????? Methotrexate? Cyclosporin? Otezla???????Do you have BOTH psoriasis AND eczema?? If you have already seen a dermatologist, insist on better communication. If not, see a dermatologist.The answer to this question is in the details. ...Read more

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I have never had skin issues but suddenly have what appears to be eczema and psoriasis. Also, redness and swelling under eyes intermittently.

I have never had skin issues but suddenly have what appears to be eczema and psoriasis. Also, redness and swelling under eyes intermittently.

Eczema: Skins issues can develop at any point. Sometimes this can happen for unclear reasons while at other times it could be related to medications, other conditions and photosensitivity etc. You should avoid sun exposure and plan to see a dermatologist as soon as possible. You can also see your PCP. ...Read more

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What is the difference between eczema, psoriasis and ringworm?

What is the difference between eczema, psoriasis and ringworm?

Differences: Eczema is a chronic inflammatory skin condition due to genetic defects in the proteins and lipids supporting the skin layer/barrier called the epidermis. Ringworm is a skin infection due to a fungus. Psoriasis changes the life cycle of skin cells causing cells to build up rapidly on the surface of the skin. Extra skin cells form thick, silvery scales and itchy, dry, red patches, that are painful. ...Read more

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Went to gum clinic not an sti. said looks like it is eczema/ psoriasis. only responds to steroid cream but returns. what should i do next?

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Went to gum clinic not an sti. said looks like it is eczema/ psoriasis.  only responds to steroid cream but returns. what should i do next?

See Dr again: If the GUM/STI clinic says its not an STI, next step is to see your GP. Eczema or psoriasis often recur after steroid treatment. More likely to recur if there's a local yeast or bacterial infection (or skin products you use) irritating the skin too. See your Dr to review your treatment. In the meantime, avoid soap & use a bland moisturiser to protect your skin and reduce irritation. Good luck! ...Read more

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How do I know if I have eczema, psoriasis or dermatitis? I have had itchy, scaley rashes around my nose, chin, buttocks and even groin. Help!

How do I know if I have eczema, psoriasis or dermatitis?  I have had itchy, scaley rashes around my nose, chin, buttocks and even groin.  Help!

A dermatologist: Well indeed some of these diseases have overlapping symptoms. I suggest you see a dermatologist and they should be able to guide you and give you a proper dermatologist. If in doubt, a skin biopsy can confirm it, but it is rarely required. ...Read more

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Can eczema turn into psoriasis? I have a patch of itchy skin on my shin diagnosed as eczema. My GP prescribed Verdeso 0.05% rash came back red & bumpy

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No: In fact atopic eczema and psoriasis are nearly 180 degree opposite to each other in term of the immune reactions. Cortisone is a non-specific anti-inflammatory agent which however may help both conditions although better and safer alternatives may be required. The itchy rash on your chin is likely from a contact allergy with hair preparations being the most likely suspects. ...Read more

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I got psoriasis & eczema, how do I treat it?

I got psoriasis & eczema, how do I treat it?

See below: There are a variety medications used some which can treat both, but you will need to see a dermatologist in order to have these prescribed. ...Read more

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What are the differences between psoriasis, eczema, and seborrheic folliculitis?

What are the differences between psoriasis, eczema, and seborrheic folliculitis?

Skin conditions: Really should check out the american academy of dermatology for in-depth description. Briefly, psoriasis tends to be an autoimmune disease. Eczema tends to be an allergic disease. Seborrheic dermatitis is thought to be due to a combination of an over production of skin oil and irritation from a yeast called malassezia. ...Read more

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I have dishydrotic eczema on my hands and psoriasis on my elbows, could they be related?

I have dishydrotic eczema on my hands and  psoriasis on my elbows, could they be related?

They are.: And most liekly respond to the same systemic treatment. Thought by many to be two diseases, they share the same genetically prone hla markers. ...Read more

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No rash. No hives. Itch so deep in hands and feet. Only at night. Extreme heat and extreme cold relieves it. no psoriasis eczema or allergy. Help me?

No rash. No hives. Itch so deep in hands and feet. Only at night. Extreme heat and extreme cold relieves it. no psoriasis eczema or allergy. Help me?

See doctor: Itching is a more complex issue than just something caused by histamine release. Nonetheless it does not hurt to try an antihistamine up to 4 x daily (higher than usual) to see if it helps. If not,you will need to consult a dermatologist or allergist . There are many approaches to find out and treat an itchy disorder which something we allergists see regularly. ...Read more

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35 y.O. Female, I have rf of 97 and high esr, constant extreme fatigue, pain in joints, psoriasis/eczema on hands and scalp. What could this mean?

35 y.O. Female, I have rf of 97 and high esr, constant extreme fatigue, pain in joints, psoriasis/eczema on hands and scalp. What could this mean?

Autoimmune disease: Sounds like you have an autoimmune disease. Have you been officially diagnosed with psoriasis through biopsy? If not, then this is a must. If so, then this might be a psoriatic arthritis that needs a rheumatologist to help. ...Read more

Dr. Thomas Namey
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Psoriasis (Definition)

An autoimmune disease that causes itchy, thickened, skin lesions on the skin, nail changes, and occasionally joint arthritis. ...Read more


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Deshidrotic Eczema (Definition)

A condition in which tiny, fluid-filled, itchy blisters appear on the palms and fingers. ...Read more