Daily Archives: January 31, 2011

Eczema Vs. Psoriasis

One of the banes of a person’s existence, especially a woman’s, is the chaos that bad skin causes them, particularly noticeable conditions like eczema and psoriasis.

To elaborate, eczema is a skin condition where the outer layer of the skin is inflamed. This is a branch of dermatitis and is loosely affected by other skin conditions including rashes that recur and skin that is dry. Dermatitis and eczema should not be confused with each other because the former refers to an acute condition while the latter means a chronic one. Conversely, psoriasis is a condition that is related to our immune system. This happens because for some strange reason our immune system is told that they need to rapidly make a lot of new cells and it results in psoriasis.

However, despite their differences they are alike because they are both skin conditions that are blatantly obvious and they both consequently subject their bearer to a social stigma that is almost palpable in its shame. Both conditions cause red, scaly rashes on the skin. The difference is that eczema sometimes excretes fluid through the skin. Eczema and psoriasis can be found all over the body, particularly the limbs, but eczema is found at the inner part of the arms and posterior portion of the knee while psoriasis is found at the posterior part of the elbow and anterior part of the knee. People who have these conditions are often ostracized even if their condition is not contagious people think it is because of how awful it looks on their skin. People who have had these skin conditions have reported that they went through depression and even social withdrawal.

It becomes not only a physical problem but an emotional one and thus, it needs immediate attention and treatment. But to be honest there is no known cure for either. Both conditions only have solutions for the worsening of the condition and managing it but none of them have definite cures because medical experts have yet to discover the real cause of eczema and psoriasis.

Thus, it is important for the public to be sensitive about this condition. It is important to educate and inform others about the effects of these, oftentimes, socially crippling disease. It is my fervent wish to find that those who have this condition able to mingle with others without discrimination.