Dermatitis, Eczema, or Psoriasis. How can I tell?

Mar_2016_blogOdds are most of our readers won’t need this post. After all, if you’ve been managing your psoriasis for any amount of time, you’ve likely seen a doctor and received a proper diagnosis. But what about people who don’t yet know what they’re up against? Irritated and inflamed skin can take on many forms, and stem from many causes. Which one applies to you?

Fortunately there are some telltale signs to look for and, as usual, the internet provides a wealth of resources. If you’re looking for an overview of the three most easily confused conditions and trying to determine yours—Dermatitis, Eczema, or Psoriasis—you might want to check out the Healthgrades article Psoriasis, Eczema, Dermatitis: What’s the Difference? which provides a solid introduction to some of the key features of each condition.

For an even more detailed look at the differences between Psoriasis and Eczema, How Can I Tell if It’s Psoriasis or Eczema? at WebMD really digs into the specifics of each, detailing not just how each appears, but where on the body they commonly form as well how they tend to feel.

Finally, for itchy scalp sufferers, How does a doctor tell the difference between scalp psoriasis and seborrheic dermatitis of the scalp? from the Mayo Clinic’s website is a great start to learn more about skin conditions as they may appear on this specific region of the body.

While very similar and sometimes confused, there are definitely some key differences between Eczema, Dermatitis, and Psoriasis. But regardless of how certain you may be as to which condition you’re facing, it’s always important to refrain from self-treatment until first being properly diagnosed by a doctor. But once you’re certain of your condition, it’s good to know that you have a range of options to effectively manage it. And if it’s indeed Psoriasis, we hope you continue to find this blog helpful as we continue to discuss new treatments, products, and psoriasis-lifestyle news.