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Eczema is a very common skin condition usually resulting in dry and irritated patches of skin around the body. Fortunately many treatments are available to help with this and can work quickly and effectively.

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Eczema/Psoriasis FAQ's

Psoriasis is a chronic autoimmune skin disorder that causes the rapid buildup of skin cells, leading to thick, silvery scales and itchy, dry, red patches that may be painful.

The main differences between eczema and psoriasis lie in their causes, appearance, and affected areas. Eczema is often associated with allergic reactions and typically appears as red, inflamed patches that are often itchy. Psoriasis, on the other hand, is an autoimmune condition characterised by thick, silvery scales and dry, red patches, usually on the scalp, elbows, knees, and lower back.

Typical symptoms of eczema include redness, itching, dryness, swelling, and sometimes oozing or crusting of the skin.

Typical symptoms of psoriasis include red patches of skin covered with silvery scales, dryness, itching, burning, soreness, or thickened nails.

While it is uncommon, eczema and psoriasis can occur simultaneously in some individuals. This condition is known as eczema-psoriasis overlap syndrome.

Both eczema and psoriasis have a genetic component, meaning they tend to run in families. Individuals with a family history of either condition are at a higher risk of developing them.

Weather can impact eczema and psoriasis symptoms differently. Dry, cold weather can exacerbate eczema symptoms, while hot, humid weather may worsen psoriasis symptoms for some individuals.

Yes, eczema and psoriasis can affect infants and young children. Eczema, in particular, often appears during infancy and childhood, while psoriasis can develop at any age, including childhood.

Both eczema and psoriasis can have a significant impact on mental health, causing stress, anxiety, depression, and low self-esteem due to their visible and often chronic nature.

Eczema and psoriasis can lead to various complications, including skin infections, eczema herpeticum (a viral infection), and psoriatic arthritis (joint inflammation associated with psoriasis).

Hair loss is not a typical symptom of eczema, but in severe cases where the scalp is affected, hair loss may occur. In psoriasis, hair loss can happen if the scalp is involved.

Eczema and psoriasis can affect the eyes in some cases, causing redness, irritation, dryness, and inflammation around the eyelids and eye area.

Both eczema and psoriasis can lead to skin infections if the skin barrier is compromised or if scratching leads to open wounds. Bacterial, viral, and fungal infections are common complications.

Eczema and psoriasis may increase the risk of other health conditions, including cardiovascular disease, obesity, diabetes, and autoimmune disorders. It's essential to manage these conditions effectively to reduce the risk of complications.