Understanding the Differences Between Psoriasis and Eczema

Psoriasis and eczema are some of the common skin disorders that dermatologists treat. They are somewhat similar, as both can cause itchy, red skin, and both disorders are treatable, though neither of them is curable. Beyond these similarities, these disorders are quite different. Eczema, or atopic dermatitis, tends to cause dry skin, severe itching, red or brownish patches, and small, raised bumps. When these bumps are scratched, they may ooze and form a crust.

Psoriasis occurs when skin cells have an accelerated life cycle that causes extra skin cells to build up. This results in the formation of scales and red patches. These red patches can develop thickened areas of silvery scales. Patients can also suffer from itching and burning sensations, thickened and pitted nails, and stiff and swollen joints.

The doctors at Arlington Dermatology can give you a definitive diagnosis of psoriasis or eczema, and provide effective treatment solutions to improve your skin health. Call (847) 725-0824 or browse our website to learn more about eczema and psoriasis treatments in Arlington Heights.


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