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Dry Skin Vs Eczema

Updated: Aug 7, 2023

For some people, dry skin can be caused by colder weather, soaps, clothes detergents, clothing and even water. Thankfully a good moisturizer can do the trick to relieve dry, itchy skin.

Each condition has specific characteristics and needs its own special care. So how can you tell the difference? But for others, dry skin could be the result of a more severe condition like eczema and psoriasis.

The differences

Both psoriasis and eczema show symptoms of dry skin. Eczema often shows on the flexor surfaces, like the inside of elbows or back of knees but also prevalent on areas of the body that have constant contact to moisture, like sweat and water. Psoriasis can appear on the scalp, neck, back, arms, ears, and even fingernails. While the skin is dry in both cases, eczema causes an uncomfortable itch, that can lead to bleeding and sores. Psoriasis, will have an intense burning feeling. The biggest difference is the thick buildup of psoriasis versus the red patches standard in eczema.

It could be eczema?

Eczema is a skin rash from a reaction or allergy. With eczema, the reaction is the body’s immune system attacking the skin. This causes inflammation in areas like the wrists, elbows, knees, and face. More severe cases show up on the hands and feet. Environmental occurrences like pollen, metals, and even stress cause these flareups. Eczema affects up to 15 million Americans. Infants are prone to eczema and 10% to 20% will have it.

itching situation

When an allergen or irritant touches the skin, the immune system reacts. This reaction causes inflammation. This inflammation causes the skin to separate and lose water, causing dryness. Dry skin causes scratching, damaging the skin’s surface even more. This cycle is the main reason for dry skin. There are several types of eczema including atopic dermatitis, contact dermatitis, and seborrheic dermatitis (dandruff)

Understanding psoriasis

Similar to eczema, psoriasis is an inflammatory disease of the skin. The cells responsible for fighting bacteria starts attacking the skin, causing a massive buildup. Psoriasis can be more chronic and impact similar parts of the body to eczema. This includes the elbows, knees, hands, feet, and sometimes the scalp. However, there are some cases where this condition covers most of the body. Psoriasis can also cause inflammation in the joints. The condition affects all ages with close to 7 million Americans people suffering from some form of psoriasis.

Still Not Sure?

See your family doctor or dermatologist, they have test to determine which dry skin issue you may have.

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