Is It Eczema or Psoriasis?
Whether you’ve had thick, red patches on your skin for a while or maybe they’ve just recently appeared, your skin is calling out for help. Maybe it’s eczema. Maybe it’s psoriasis. While it may not be so easy for you to tell the difference, a trained dermatologist like the ones at Windsor Dermatology know exactly what’s going on with your skin and can help you get the treatment you need.
What Is Eczema?
Eczema occurs because of a hypersensitivity reaction of the skin to certain triggers or conditions. It’s far more prevalent than psoriasis, with over 31.6 million Americans suffering with it.1 Eczema tends to be seen more in children, affecting up to 25% of them, while only 2-3% of adults.2 About 60% of eczema patients are under a year old and 90% are under the age of 5.3
Eczema tends to show up as raised dry, red patches in places like the crooks of the elbows and behind the knees.4 These patches can itch so badly that patients scratch until they bleed.
What Is Psoriasis?
Psoriasis affects 7.5 million people in the United States3, and is caused by a defect in the immune system that causes the skin to overproduce some of its cells. While psoriasis can develop at any age, it is primarily seen in adults between the ages of 20-65, but can occur in kids or older adults as well.
The red, scaly patches of psoriasis that have well-defined edges can develop in the elbows or knees, just like eczema, but can also appear on the face, buttocks, bottoms of feet, and scalp.4
Eczema and Psoriasis at a Glance
|Cause||Hypersensitivity reaction||Overproduction of skin cells|
|Prevalence||31.6 million Americans1||7.5 million Americans3|
What If It’s Both?
Yes, it is possible to have both eczema and psoriasis. These conditions can overlap, or you may have psoriasis in one place and eczema in another.
The Road to Recovery
Whether you have eczema or psoriasis, you need a partner to help manage the treatment of your disease. Both can become more severe as time goes on or they could affect more areas of your skin. The good news is that both conditions are manageable, and remission or off-times when the patches go away for a while are possible.
Making an appointment with a board-certified dermatologist is an important first step. The physicians at Windsor Dermatology are leading experts in Psoriasis and Eczema treatment. Call the office at 609-443-4500, or request an appointment online to visit one of our of world-class treatment centers.
- Hanifin J, Reed M. A Population-Based Survey of Eczema Prevalence in the United States. 2007;18(2):82-91.
- Eichenfield LF, Tom WL, Chamlin SL, Feldman SR, Hanifin JM, Simpson EL, et al. Guidelines of care for the management of atopic dermatitis: section 1. Diagnosis and assessment of atopic dermatitis. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2014;70(2):338-51.
- Menter A, Gottlieb A, Feldman SR, Van Voorhees AS, et al. Guidelines of care for the management of psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis: Section 1. Overview of psoriasis and guidelines of care for the treatment of psoriasis with biologics. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2008;58(5):826-50.
- American Academy of Dermatology. What’s the difference between eczema and psoriasis? https://www.aad.org/public/diseases/eczema/eczema-resource-center/controlling-eczema/eczema-vs-psoriasis. Accessed 7/9/2018.