Eczema and Psoriasis
Eczema and psoriasis look very much alike and can be very difficult to differentiate from one another. There are even times when the doctor is unable to give a definitive diagnosis of the rash that you are experiencing, especially when it appears on the hands.
Both eczema and psoriasis produce a red and scaly rash on particular areas of the body. There are differences between the two conditions, even though they are very similar. Psoriasis will produce red and scaly skin while eczema is usually moist and produces oozing bumps. Both of these conditions can be quite itchy and they will appear on the hands, feet, neck, and other areas of the body. The area that you develop the rash can also help to determine whether you are suffering from eczema or psoriasis.
Treatment for eczema and psoriasis can involve the use of topical creams that relieve the inflammation, control the itching, remove the scales, and reduce the amount of new lesions. For eczema treatment, the doctor will prescribe lifestyle changes and avoidance of the triggers that may lead to an outbreak. Stress is a trigger for eczema outbreaks which means that stress reduction can help to reduce the number of breakouts. Antihistamines can relieve the itching that is associated with eczema. There has also been some success with the use of light therapy in its treatment. And for severe cases of eczema a systemic medication, or one that is taken in the body, may be prescribed as well.
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