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What is the Difference Between Psoriasis and Eczema?

Are you one of the many people struggling to find a solution to bumpy, itchy, red skin? The first step is a correct diagnosis. Your team of skin experts at New York Skin & Vein Center specializes in diagnosing and treating a wide variety of skin conditions, including psoriasis and eczema. While the symptoms of these conditions may sound similar, they have different causes and treatments.

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What are Psoriasis and Eczema?

If you experience chronic skin symptoms that never go away or keep coming back, getting the correct diagnosis can be a challenge. Many skin conditions have similar symptoms. However, eczema (atopic dermatitis) and psoriasis are two of the most common and are easy to confuse. Both can lead to red, itchy skin that can interfere with many daily activities, and both run in families. A correct diagnosis will allow us to provide the best treatments. 

What is the Difference Between Psoriasis and Eczema?

One of the biggest differences between these conditions is their cause. They both involve your immune system. In psoriasis, chronic inflammation occurs and causes skin cells to divide too rapidly and pile up on the surface. Eczema occurs when your skin’s natural barrier does not prevent allergens or irritants from getting through, triggering an immune response. Both also have a strong genetic component. 

Other major differences include:

  • Psoriasis occurs in patches called plaques that have well-defined edges, while eczema appears as a rash without clear borders
  • Psoriasis plaques are thick and scaly and can flake off large amounts of skin, while eczema usually looks bumpy, uneven, and red
  • Both can cause itching, but psoriasis can also be painful if the plaques become so thick that they develop plaques
  • Psoriasis may be associated with a range of other chronic health conditions related to immune activity, while eczema is typically a problem with the skin’s barrier

Consultations Available Now

The first step is to schedule an in-person consultation with one of our highly trained providers at New York Skin & Vein Center located in Oneonta, NY, serving the surrounding New York City areas with additional offices in Norwich, Binghamton, and Cobleskill.

Simply fill out the form on this page and we will reach out to you promptly to schedule your appointment. Your journey to a healthier, happier you can start today.

How are Psoriasis and Eczema Treated?

After diagnosis, your treatment team will develop a plan to address your condition. The first steps often include lifestyle changes, including the identification and removal of irritants and allergens. Topical creams and lotions are often used since they are safe and can provide relief for some people. 

If other methods are not successful, your skin specialist may recommend medication. New medications for psoriasis and eczema work in different ways to control the immune system reactions that cause them. While they may cause side effects, they work very well for many people. 

What Results Will I See With Treatment for Psoriasis or Eczema?

Changes to your treatment routine may take time to show up on your skin. We will usually evaluate a treatment’s effectiveness over time to see how much your skin improves. Medications, which work at the level of the immune system, will often show results within two to four weeks, although it can take longer. Most people are able to achieve significant improvements with the correct treatment plan.


*Individual Results May Vary

Dr. Dohner and his team strive to provide the best experience for everyone who chooses their practice for their aesthetic and vein needs. Read why our patients love their results & experience with Dr. Dohner and his team of expert providers at New York Skin & Vein Center in New York.

Take the Next Step

To schedule your in-person psoriasis or eczema consultation, call New York Skin & Vein Center at (607) 431-2525 or simply fill out the form on this page. We look forward to working with you.

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