Both eczema and psoriasis are chronic skin diseases. They both cause red, scaly skin rashes. Although they are quite similar, their symptoms are really different.
- Itching. It may be severe, especially at night.
- Red to brownish-gray patches, especially on the hands, feet, ankles, wrists, neck, upper chest, eyelids, inside the bend of the elbows and knees, and, in infants, the face, and scalp.
- Small, raised bumps. They may leak fluid and crust over when scratched.
- Thickened, cracked, dry, scaly skin.
- Raw, sensitive, swollen skin from scratching.
- Red patches of skin covered with silvery scales
- Small scaling spots (commonly seen in children)
- Dry, cracked skin that may bleed
- Itching, burning, or soreness
- Thickened, pitted, or ridged nails
- Swollen and stiff joints
The rash of psoriasis always has a very clear border. It separates the normal skin from the affected skin. However, eczema's border is less well-demarcated, meaning it's harder to see the separation. Please go to your doctor if you are not sure about your disease.
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