Psoriasis vs. Eczema


No one wants an itchy, red rash, but finding relief is tricky when you’re not sure what’s causing your symptoms. Eczema and psoriasis are common skin issues with a similar appearance, but the recommended treatments are different. If you’re unsure which you’re dealing with, read on for more information or contact the Dermatology Treatment & Research Center at 972-661-2729.

How Can I Tell the Difference Between Psoriasis and Eczema?

Eczema and psoriasis can look extremely similar, especially when your psoriasis isn’t severe. Still, there are a few distinguishing characteristics. Eczema causes red patches of skin, oozing, and crusting. In addition, eczema is often more intensely itchy. Psoriasis also comes with red patches, but the degree of inflammation is typically more severe and can cause noticeable skin thickening and a scaly appearance. 

The location of your rash can also give you a clue. Eczema tends to appear on parts of your body that bend, like behind your knees or your inner elbows. However, you can still develop eczema patches in other areas. Psoriasis is typically less picky about where it appears and can show up anywhere, from your elbows to the palms of your hands to your eyelids.

It can be challenging to tell the difference between psoriasis and eczema at a glance, so it’s important to seek treatment with a board-certified dermatologist. The skin disease specialists at Dermatology Treatment & Research Center can accurately diagnose your condition.

What Triggers Psoriasis vs. Eczema?

Eczema and psoriasis can have different triggers. Eczema flares can happen when something irritates your skin, like soaps or detergents. Some things that cause skin allergies, like pets or certain foods, can worsen eczema symptoms. Infections, heat, and hormonal changes also affect this condition. Psoriasis shares some of these triggers but also flares up after sunburn, vaccinations, scratches, or taking certain medications like lithium.

Schedule Your Dallas Dermatology Consultation

The best way to find out if you have psoriasis or eczema is to our board-certified dermatologists, Dr. Clay Cockerell and Dr. Ross Radusky. The Dermatology Treatment & Research Center providers in Dallas, Texas are experts in clinical dermatology. As a clinical research center, we have access to the most cutting-edge treatments that promote healthy skin. To find out how we can calm your condition, call 972-661-2729.