Psoriasis or Eczema? Know the Difference in Diagnosis and Treatment

When your child has an irritating skin rash arise, you may be concerned about the cause. While some skin rashes are due to allergies and may resolve themselves when the allergen is removed, skin rashes are often the result of psoriasis or eczema. Psoriasis and eczema can appear similar to a parent, but a dermatologist can accurately diagnose your child’s rash and provide the proper treatment.

What is the Difference?

Psoriasis is a skin condition that affects about 1 percent of children. It is characterized by raised, red, scaly patches on the skin. These patches are usually only mildly itchy, but can break open and bleed if scratched. It can be found anywhere on the body, although the most common places are the scalp, face, buttocks, elbows, and knees.

Eczema is a skin condition characterized by redness and extreme itchiness. Eczema can be caused by a number of things, including allergies or sensitivities to the environment (such as laundry soap or body wash). Many children who suffer from eczema as children do not have a problem as an adult.

Differences in Diagnosis and Treatment

Psoriasis and eczema are best diagnosed by an experienced dermatologist. Your doctor will examine the affected skin and ask questions about how much it itches, when it first appeared, and questions about your lifestyle. Most doctors can differentiate between eczema and psoriasis by sight.

Once diagnosis has been made, treatment will begin. The treatment for psoriasis and eczema are similar and generally involve prescription creams or lotions to be applied to the affected area. The creams for these two conditions are different with unique active ingredients, so it is important not to use over the counter treatments until you get an accurate diagnosis from a doctor. If the eczema is thought to be brought on by allergies, your doctor may want to do allergy testing.

If your child is experiencing symptoms of psoriasis or eczema, do not hesitate to contact us today for an appointment. We can accurately diagnose your child’s skin condition, determine the cause, and start effective treatment to bring your child relief.