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Eczema V/S Psoriasis

Eczema and psoriasis both are chronic skin diseases. Often people fail to distinguish between eczema and psoriasis as they both show similar symptoms. Although their cause might vary a little but their treatment plan is almost similar. Some major differences have been highlighted below depending on location of skin affected, age group, symptoms, cause and triggers and health complications associated with them.

Where does eczema and psoriasis show up?

For adults, eczema is seen at the back of the knees, inner side of the elbows, wrists and ankles and for children it is seen on their cheeks and chin and sometimes on their back, legs and arms. While psoriasis is often seen on elbows, knees, nails, palms, scalp, face, eyelids, ears, skin fold.

Which age group they affect or belong to?

Children are more affected by eczema than adults. While psoriasis usually occurs in the age group of 15-35. It rarely affects children.

What are the symptoms of eczema and psoriasis?

Eczema is associated with more itching, red rashes, dry, scaly skin condition. Itching often leads to bleeding and eruption of blisters. In psoriasis, itching is present but it is less intense, more inflammation is seen, thicker skin, shiny gray flakes crop up the skin and is not associated with blisters.

What causes eczema and psoriasis?

There are many factors which causes eczema and psoriasis in common and they are – stress, hormonal imbalance, genetics, side effects of any medications, low immunity, food allergens, consumption of foods like dairy and animal food products and other food which are rich in oil and sugar. The root cause of eczema is leaky gut syndrome and imbalance in gut flora while for psoriasis it is the depleted immune system. While soap, shampoo, detergents, dust, dandruff, sweat, heat and humidity are sole trigger of eczema and vaccination, sunburn, infections, other autoimmune disorders are sole trigger of psoriasis.

What are the health complications associated with them?

As such eczema is not associated with any other health complication but psoriasis can lead to cancer, diabetes, heart diseases and obesity.

What are the treatment plans for reversing and curing psoriasis and eczema?

Plant based nutrition dense diet along with essential oils forms the best treatment for both psoriasis and eczema. One has to increase their omega 3, zinc, vitamin D, D3, B12 and A content in their body to reduce the inflammation, flares, red rashes and itching. All these vitamins and nutrients helps to sooth the skin from within and thus treat eczema and psoriasis effectively. Foods like pumpkin seeds, flaxseeds, chia seeds, broccoli, coconut, orange and yellow colored vegetables, herbs like turmeric, cinnamon, cloves, garlic, black pepper helps to reduce the inflammation.

Take home message

  • Eczema is often seen in children more than adults. It usually affects the cheeks and chin of the children and for adults it affects the inner side of the elbows and back of their knees.

  • Psoriasis is often seen in adults and very rare in children. It usually affects knees, elbows, scalp, nails and face.

  • The root cause of both eczema is leaky gut syndrome and gut flora imbalance and that of psoriasis is depleted immune system and these in turn are caused only due to consumption of rich western diet.

  • Plant based nutrition dense diet is the most effective treatment available for curing and reversing psoriasis and eczema.