Difference between psoriasis and eczema

Skin diseases are troublesome to humans. And in order to determine what is their cause, and to receive the correct treatment, it is necessary to go to a dermatologist as soon as possible. Only a specialist can make the correct diagnosis, conduct an examination and prescribe treatment. However, at the initial stage, it would be nice to know how one disease differs from another. Today we will consider this question using the example of psoriasis and eczema.


Psoriasis - it is a chronic recurrent disease of the human skin, lichen scaly. The disease is not contagious and is a rash anywhere on the human skin. The causes of psoriasis are often neuropsychic trauma, viral and genetic pathologies, dysfunction of the endocrine glands and metabolic diseases. Psoriasis can occur at any age, but in most cases it occurs from the age of thirty. Psoriasis is one of the most severe and common dermatoses. With it, patients undergo a change not only on the skin, but also on other organs and systems. On the skin, it manifests itself in the form of plaques up to three centimeters in size, which are covered with silvery-white small scales. These elements can coalesce into large plaques or remain single.

Psoriasis. Plaque

The cause of eczema is a violation of the body's reactivity. Patients have a pronounced skin reaction to the usual influences: touch, bruises, scratches. Eczema is inflammation of the top layer of the skin. Most often, the leading role in the development of this disease belongs to the dysfunction of the autonomic and central nervous system. Also, the occurrence of eczema is facilitated by some diseases of internal organs, for example, gastritis, enterocolitis, helminthic invasion.

Eczema on the arm


Most often, the recognition of psoriasis does not present any difficulties for a specialist. An important role in this case is played by the phenomenon of a stearic spot, that is, abundant flaking with scales, which in shape resembles a stearic spot. After removing the scales, a smooth, shiny surface forms on the skin. The bloody drop phenomenon is also a sign of psoriasis, it is characterized by capillary bleeding when the psoriatic film is removed.

Eczema is an allergic process characterized by rashes and blisters on the skin, and it can be more itchy than psoriasis. The disease has unsharp boundaries of lesions and proceeds less persistently than psoriasis.

Conclusions TheDifference.ru

  1. Psoriasis is a systemic disease that is often provoked by neurogenic factors. Eczema is of an allergic nature, but stress and nervous disorders can act as a provocateur of this disease.
  2. Psoriasis manifests itself in the form of scales, eczema in the form of vesicles.