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Doctor insights on: Eczema Vs Psoriasis Vs Dandruff

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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 that are characterized by one or more of these symptoms: redness, skin edema (swelling), itching, crusting, flaking, blistering, cracking, or bleeding. The cause of eczema is unknown but is presumed to be a combination of ...Read more


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Is dandruff the same thing as psoriasis?

No: While both conditions can present with pink-red flaky skin, they are quite different diseases. Dandruff is a common benign skin condition thought to be caused by oil over-production and irritation from yeast. Psoriasis is an inflammatory condition that can run in families, and can affect more than just the skin (e.g. Joints/arthritis). ...Read more

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What are the differences between psoriasis and eczema?

What are the differences between psoriasis and eczema?

Immunologic: Psoriasis and eczema are both immunological conditions that causes inflammation in the skin. Eczema is histamine driven and is related to hay fever and asthma. People with eczema have more allergies. Psoriasis is a systemic inflammatory condition that affects the skin and joints, and more recently found to also affect the heart. Patients with psoriasis also have higher risks of skin cancers. ...Read more

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Are leukemia, psoriasis and eczema medically related ?

Are leukemia, psoriasis and eczema medically related ?

No: nor part of a known syndrome that I know of, but can co-exist, not commonly though ...Read more

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What is the difference between psoriasis roseola and eczema?

What is the difference between psoriasis roseola and eczema?

Few similarities.: Roseola is a viral infection affecting infants and young children. It involves a pinkish-red skin rash and a high fever that typically starts as the rash is resolving. Psoriasis consists of well-defined red plaques with silvery scales. There are many kinds of eczema, which is characterized by a diffuse reddish scaly itchy rash in various locations (depending on the type and severity). ...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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Are leukemia, psoriasis and eczema medically related? If yes, how so?

Are leukemia, psoriasis and eczema medically related? If yes, how so?

Superficially: All involve white blood cells and have the letter "a" in their names. That's about all they have in common. A cancer, an illness that's probably autoimmune and exacerbated by some environmental factor, and a nonspecific reaction by injured epidermis. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have psoriasis on your head and eczema on your face?

YES: Psoriasis cause is unknown, most often localized on the scalp, elbows, knees, etc. Eczema like contact dermatitis can set in the face if allergic to some cream. ...Read more

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Is there any possibilities that you misdiagnosed psoriasis from eczema?

Is there any possibilities that you misdiagnosed psoriasis from eczema?

Sure: Theclinical presentation can be similar. Have a dermatologist take a look. If one already has, you can always get a second opinion. ...Read more

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Is dandruff same as psoriasis?

No: These are 2 different issues. Psoriasis can given similar flaking that can be mistaken for dandruff. ...Read more

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What is psoriasis? Does it cause dandruff?

See details: Psoriasis is an autoimmune disease that causes red, scaly plaques in the skin. If if involves the scalp, it can cause flaking that can look like dandruff. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have dandruff or psoriasis, i'm scared?

Don't be.: Dandruff or psoriasis is not a terminal disease. But it'd better let dermatologists diagnose it. ...Read more

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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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Is it possible to have psoriasis and eczema both?

Is it possible to have psoriasis and eczema both?

Not commonly: Psoriasis and eczema are two skin problems that seem to be mutually exclusive to a degree, although this is not a hard and fast rule. In persons with psoriasis the incidence of allergic contact dermatitis and atopic dermatitis—two major forms of eczema—appears to be substantially lower than in the general population. ...Read more

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What is the difference between psoriasis and eczema?

What is the difference between psoriasis and eczema?

Can look similar: To patients, both are dry, flaky rashes that can appear at any age. Psoriasis is more specific, and can involve arthritis. Eczema can simply over dry skin, from irritation, or atopic, e.g. associated w/ asthma and allergies. Psoriasis is oilier, more yellow; outside knees+elbows. Eczema the inside elbows knees. Both on scalp of babies. Eczema really itches. Psoriasis only sometimes. ...Read more

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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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Can you please tell me how psoriasis and eczema differ?

Can you please tell me how psoriasis and eczema differ?

Both immunologic: Psoriasis and eczema are both immunological conditions that cause inflammation in the skin. Eczema is histamine driven and is related to hay fever and asthma. People with eczema have more allergies. Psoriasis is a systemic inflammatory condition that affects the skin and joints, and more recently found to also affect the heart. Patients with psoriasis have higher risks of developing skin cancers. ...Read more

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Is if possible to develop psoriasis or eczema as you get older?

Yes: Either of these skin conditions can develop at any time of life. Eczema occurs more often in people with other allergies like asthma and hayfever. Eczema may occur in infancy then resolve at school age and recur later in life. ...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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Dr. Thomas Namey
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Psoriasis (Definition)

An autoimmune disease involving the skin, nails, and occasionally the joints. It is not contagious. There are several types of skin lesions, most common variety being large red scaly itchy plaques on extensor surfaces such as elbows and knees. Psoriasis can be controlled by a wide variety of medications, but a cure has ...Read more


Dandruff (Definition)

Dandruff is when dead skin cells from the scalp shed. As skin cells die a small amount of flaking is normal. Some people experience an unusually large amount of flaking either chronically or as a ...Read more