Eczema vs. Psoriasis: What's the difference?
When a rash begins to flare up, the words ‘eczema’ and ‘psoriasis’ are often thrown around. But do you know the difference between the two? If you have sensitive skin that’s irritated, it’s important to know exactly what skin condition you’re dealing with, so you can treat and care for it in the correct way.
So, to help clear things up a bit, here’s a brief explanation about both skin conditions as well some soothing solutions to treat and prevent them.
Who it affects
Eczema is a common, non-infectious inflammatory skin condition, which according to Eczema Association president, Cheryl Talent, affects “one in three Australasians at some stage throughout their lives”. While it can affect people of all ages, it commonly appears in early childhood (in babies as young as two to six months) and clears up at around six years of age.
According to the Eczema Association, eczema has been linked to hay fever, asthma and genetics. If one or both parents have eczema, their baby is more likely to develop the skin condition.
The most common form is atopic eczema, which is when the skin becomes dry, red, itchy and scaly. In severe cases, it can also weep, bleed and crust over (especially if you can’t resist scratching, which irritates it further).
Who it affects
Psoriasis can occur at any age but is most likely to start between the ages of 15-30. Anyone can get psoriasis, but in many cases, there is a family history of the condition. It is not contagious.
There are many types of psoriasis, but the one that most commonly affects the skin is called plaque psoriasis. It begins in the immune system when a type of white blood cell becomes active by mistake, setting off immune responses that cause swelling and a fast turnover of skin cells. Sometimes the skin gets better, but things like stress, infections and changes in weather can cause it to become inflamed, scaly, red and painful.
Plaque psoriasis will appear as patches of thick, red skin with silvery scales, according to the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIH). The patches often feel sore and are usually found on the elbows, knees, lower back and scalp. Unfortunately, there is no cure for psoriasis, but there are ways to manage the skin condition and prevent flare-ups.
Whether you suffer from eczema or psoriasis, there are products to alleviate the symptoms of both. Try Dermal Therapy™ Eczema & Psoriasis Cream, DermaVeen Extra Gentle Bath Treatment, Billie Goat Soap Intensive Eczema & Psoriasis Balm and QV Flare Up Cream.
Other things you can do to treat eczema and psoriasis:
Don’t scratch. This can worsen the condition and lead to infection.
Avoid stress, it can cause flare-ups of both eczema and psoriasis.
Manage extreme temperatures by avoiding overly hot showers, and going from hot to cold conditions quickly. Using a humidifier in winter can also help to prevent skin dryness.
Wear comfortable clothes that won’t irritate the skin.
Do you suffer from eczema or psoriasis? Have you tried any of the Nourish Naturals Eczema and Psoriasis products?
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