Atopic dermatitis and psoriasis: are they the same disease?
I still don't understand why psoriasis and atopic dermatitis are not the same disease... Aren't they the same? They even have the same symptoms! Or maybe not? Since I'm a bit lost, I've decided to investigate the differences between the two dermatological diseases, and in this article I'll tell you everything I've discovered!
You may have also noticed that psoriasis and atopic dermatitis are very, very similar. However, they are not the same disease . To give you an idea of how similar they are in both symptoms and causes, I will tell you that on many occasions even doctors confuse them when diagnosing them . However, it is crucial to know what type of disease your skin is suffering from, so it is important to know their differences in order to treat them properly.
To begin with, while psoriasis presents a mild or bearable itch , dermatitis causes a much more intense itch and can cause greater discomfort. People who suffer from eczema or dermatitis , on many occasions even cause bloody wounds on the skin when scratching due to itching .
Another of the most notable differences between the two dermatological diseases is the area of appearance of the symptoms . In the case of dermatitis , the most common places are behind the knees or elbows . However, although psoriasis also usually occurs in these areas, it also appears on the face , scalp or buttocks , for example. In any case, you should bear in mind that, although these are the most common areas where these diseases tend to occur, they can appear in any area of our body.
On the other hand, these two skin diseases have another characteristic that completely differentiates them: the type of reaction they have as a result of sun exposure . While sunlight can be a real torture in the case of atopic dermatitis because sweating can make flare-ups worse , in cases of psoriasis , exposure to the sun can calm the symptoms . Did you know that people with psoriasis usually take UVA rays as part of their treatment ?
And speaking of the treatment … They are quite similar in both cases! This is because both diseases are long-lasting and both require long-term treatment , plus many of their symptoms are very similar .
Therefore, whether you suffer from psoriasis or atopic dermatitis, it will be convenient for you to hydrate your skin a lot. (Have you tried our