What is the difference between psoriasis and eczema?

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  • AMehmet Oz, MD, Cardiology, answered
    Difference between psoriasis and eczema

    Psoriasis and eczema might look similar, but they are different skin conditions. To learn more about psoriasis and eczema, watch this video by Dr. Oz.

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  • ADoris Day, MD, Dermatology, answered

    They are two very different conditions but are often treated in a similar way. Eczema is more related to allergies while psoriasis is an autoimmune reaction where the skin thinks it's being wounded and turns over too quickly, leading to thick red plaques typically on the elbows, knees, scalp, but can appear anywhere on the body.

    Your dermatologist can help diagnose the condition and guide you as to the best treatment plan for you.

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  • AGary Goldenberg, MD, Dermatology, answered on behalf of The Mount Sinai Health System
    Psoriasis and eczema are similar in that both are skin conditions that can be red and itchy, are genetic and can negatively effect your quality of life. Some of the treatments, such as creams or light therapy, are also similar. Systemic treatments may be different, with more treatment options available for psoriasis. The pathogenesis (what happens in your body) of the diseases are also different. But both can be managed well to improve the patients' condition.
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