Psoriasis vs Eczema: How to tell the difference

by Dr. Ramtin Kassir, M.D., F.A.C.S. | March 29, 2019, 12:42 p.m.

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Maybe your home relaxing listening to music or heading out the door for a day of fun outside - Either way, you stop and pause, because you've got an itch that just won't leave you alone along with blotches of red on your skin. You think to yourself- what is that?

Your doctor needs to make the final call, but psoriasis or eczema could be the problem. Both are skin conditions with similar symptoms, but there are ways you can do the research and tell them apart.

How Psoriasis & Eczema Feel Different

Eczema causes an intense itch. It can get so bad that you scratch enough to make your skin bleed.

Psoriasis could also be itchy, but there's something extra going on. Your skin may sting or burn. Some people say it feels like you're getting stung by bees.

The Differences In Appearances

Eczema makes your skin red and inflamed. It may be scaly, oozing, or crusty. You may see rough, leathery patches that are sometimes dark. It can also cause swelling.

Psoriasis can also cause red patches. They may be silvery and scaly -- and raised up high. But if you look closely, the skin is thicker and more inflamed than with eczema.

Can you tell the difference yet?