Psoriasis or Eczema?
Psoriasis and Eczema are certainly both serious skin conditions. But is that where the similarity ends?
There are similarities which is why psoriasis (pictured above) is often misidentified as eczema. More than eight million Americans have psoriasis while eczema (which is much more common) affects over thirty one million in the USA.
The main similarity is that both eczema and psoriasis can be itchy and inflamed.
Eczema is pictured below.
What are the differences between psoriasis and eczema?
- Timing. Psoriasis will usually first appear in early adulthood while eczema is common in childhood, sometimes starting as early as a month after birth.
- Causes. Psoriasis can be as a result of irregular immune system signally while eczema can be caused by inherited changes of the skin or a reaction to a skin allergen - and is often associated with allergies and asthma.
- Appearance. Psoriasis has the appearance of raised bumps and scales while eczema features redness and bumps.
- Location. While psoriasis can occur anywhere (even on the hands, feet, genitals and nails), eczema typically occurs within the folds of elbows and knees - and occasionally on the face, eyelids and creases of the groin.
- Feel. Although psoriasis can be itchy, it’s mainly just raised and inflamed. Eczema can be raised and inflamed too but is often drier and more itchy.
- Cures. Unfortunately, there are no definite cures for either condition. In some cases, eczema can disappear over time. However, psoriasis is a life-long condition that requires being managed. In some cases, successful management can lead to remission.
- Side Effects. Research has found that psoriasis can be associated with other serious health conditions, such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease and depression. On the other hand, eczema is largely cosmetic, although it does have a correlation with allergies and asthma in children.
How can you treat eczema symptoms?
Our H-Eczema Formula works to
- Provide quick relief from itching and discomfort
- Decrease the severity and frequency of symptoms
- Soothe the skin
The Formula helps to reduce eczema outbreaks while assisting in smoothing, re-texturing and moisturizing the skin. It provides fast relief from symptoms such as itching and dryness or the discomfort of weeping eczema when applied three times a day to the affected area or areas and with ongoing use will help reduce outbreaks and control any skin irritation. The Formula can be used on children from the age of two.
How can you treat psoriasis symptoms?
Our H-Psoriasis Formula will help to control the frequency and severity of psoriasis symptoms with its deep penetrating action that is so gentle on the skin, helping to reduce the symptoms of psoriasis including itching, redness and irritation. It is applied to the affected areas and added to the bath for a healing and restorative soak. The Formula is effective for most types of psoriasis including erythrodermic psoriasis, pustular psoriasis, guttate, inverse and psoriatic arthritis.
When used as directed, H-Psoriasis Formula will help with the symptoms of this non-contagious skin disease however severe by first clearing the flaking and lesions and then repairing the damaged skin. It may be used as a preventative maintenance program and is safe to use on children over the age of four.
aad.org/public/diseases/eczema/neurodermatitis.(Accessed, Feb 13,2021)
Neurodermatitis: Signs and symptoms. (n.d.)
aad.org/public/diseases/eczema/neurodermatitis#symptoms. (Accessed, Feb 13,2021)