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Psoriasis and nummular eczema are both skin diseases that are quite irritating in nature. The constant itching caused due to psoriasis and eczema makes the life of the patient quite miserable. The patient has to keep scratching the affected skin areas so as to soothe down the itching or irritation that may arise as a result of these skin issues. Also there are many more symptoms that accompany these conditions. Though both psoriasis and eczema are related to the skin however there are some essential differences amid these two. Let us discuss about the same.
Psoriasis is caused due to overproduction of skin cells as a result of autoimmune action of the immune system. That is why a superficial dead layer of scaly patches of the skin appear on the affected areas. These areas are prone to constant itching and irritation. On the other hand, eczema is caused due to hypersensitivity of the skin to certain triggering agents.
When a person suffers from eczema then the skin becomes silvery white and scaly. Also there is inflammation and redness in the affected skin areas. In contrast to this, skin becomes red, inflamed, peeling, cracked, blistered, or pus-filled when a person is affected with eczema. It is due to exposure to dyes, fabrics, detergents, soaps, animals, and such other irritants.
It is worth noting that there is no permanent cure for psoriasis in medical science. You can just soothe down the itching and get relieved of the symptoms with the use of topical application products or some other therapies. These may include use of medicines or exposure to certain types of lights. Luckily, patients may get rid of eczema with the use of specified medicines, ointments or other treatment options.
Contrary to popular belief, psoriasis is not at all contagious. It means this condition doesn't get passed on to others through contact. Same is true for eczema as well. However, people who have highly sensitive skin types must be careful while coming in contact with people who are already affected with this condition.
As far as psoriasis is concerned, appearance of dry or scaly skin patches is not mandatory for all types of psoriasis and in all people. There may be large red patches of skin in some cases without any visible scales. Contrary to this, eczema is generally characterized by dry skin patches.
An important point to note about psoriasis and eczema is that the symptoms of both these skin conditions may keep on appearing and disappearing. What is more important is to recognize the particular symptoms associated with both the skin conditions and get appropriate treatments accordingly.