What is the difference between eczema and psoriasis?

Eczema and psoriasis usually get grouped together as one disease, but they are very different skin diseases. They both are
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Eczema and psoriasis usually get grouped together as one disease, but they are very different skin diseases. They both are a result of inflammation in the skin. However, the triggers are different, and the immune response is different.

Eczema is common seen in babies as a result of their immune system re-balancing after birth. You see when a woman is pregnant her immune system changes so that her body doesn’t reject the baby. Her T helper 2 (which are part of the white blood cells) increases while the T helper 1 reduces.

When a person has high levels of T helper 2 cells, they are more prone to eczema and sinusitis and excess T helper 1 cells gives rise to psoriasis.

The baby that’s growing in the uterus also has excess T helper 2 cells, so when they are born their immune system is immature and, as a result, it is commonly seen that babies develop eczema. The good news is that for most babies the eczema resolves as the immune system re-adjusts, and there is more balance between the T helper 1 and 2 cells.

How does treating eczema and psoriasis vary?

Here is what you can do to help ease eczema and psoriasis. To make it easier here is a table comparing the diseases. Also, my experience with having psoriasis since I was 11 years old is that a natural approach to reducing inflammation in the body works to alleviate both diseases and assist with reducing the exacerbation of both conditions. By changing your diet, choosing to apply topical ointments made from natural ingredients such as botanical extracts and bathing in colloidal oatmeal and sea salt to alleviate the inflammation and the itch, will compliment any treatment you choose to use and potentially encourage it to work even better.

Eczema Psoriasis
Colloidal oatmeal bath / sea salt bath Colloidal oatmeal bath / sea salt bath
Diet: Avoid

·       Spicy/Hot food

·       Greasy/Fatty Food

·       Sugar-filled food

·       Wheat/yeast products

·       Dairy Products

·       Cashews

·       Alcohol

·       Soft Drinks

·       Try to reduce cold things

·       Processed foods

·       Fast Food

 

Enjoy

·       Green vegetables – preferably organic

·       Seasonal fruits – preferably organic

·       Bananas – are alkaline and contain potassium

·       At least 2 litres filtered water per day

·       Lamb, Chicken, Fish

·       Soy, Almond or Rice Milk

·       Cereals that are wheat and sugar-free

·       Pasta: rice, corn, quinoa, buckwheat, millet, etc

·       Raw nuts such as walnuts/almonds

·       Wholegrain and whole foods – generally avoid anything processed

·       If possible, eat organic fruits and vegetables and biodynamic meats, free range and organic poultry

·       Avoid farmed fish such as salmon and trout

·       Gluten free

Diet: Avoid

·       Acidic Fruits/Vegetables, such as oranges, tomatoes, lemons,

·       Spicy/Hot food

·       Greasy/Fatty Food

·       Sugar-filled food

·       Wheat/yeast products

·       Dairy Products

·       Cashews

·       Legumes: Kidney, Adzuki, Green Beans, Borlotti Beans, Mung Beans, Lentils, Split Peas, Chick Peas

·       Alcohol

·       Soft Drinks

·       Try to reduce cold things

·       Grains such as wheat, barley, oats, rye – all that contain gluten

·       Processed foods

·       Fast Food

 

Enjoy

·       Green vegetables – preferably organic

·       Seasonal fruits – preferably organic

·       At least 2 litres filtered water per day

·       Lamb, Chicken, Fish

·       Snow peas

·       Soy, Almond or Rice Milk

·       Cereals that are wheat and sugar-free

·       Pasta: rice, corn, quinoa, buckwheat, millet, etc

·       Raw nuts such as walnuts/almonds

·       Small quantities of Low GI carbs

 

Natural products:

Soaps, shampoos, washing detergent and cleaning products around the home

 

Clothing:

Only cotton as its breathable – organic cotton

Natural products:

Soaps, shampoos, washing detergent and cleaning products around the home

 

Clothing:

Only cotton as its breathable – organic cotton

So what treatments could help eczema and psoriasis?

Here is a list of a variety of therapies you could try.

  • Western Medicine (Cortisone, UVB rays, Methotrexate, Biologics, )
  • Chinese Medicine (Herbal Medicine, Acupuncture)
  • Chiropractic/Osteopathy
  • Naturopath (Herbal Medicine, Vitamin Therapy)
  • Intravenous Vitamin Therapy (Glutathione, Vitamin C, Zinc – administered by GP)
  • Homeopathy
  • Kinesiology
  • De-sensitisation of Allergens
  • Allergy Testing

We all respond differently and being someone that tried many different treatments for my psoriasis; I would recommend following a diet that is anti-inflammatory (as listed above) while trying any treatment as it will make your treatment work quicker and will alleviate pain and discomfort which ultimately is ideal and a favourable outcome.

Let us know of your experiences with treatments and what helped you.

  1. I have both psoriasis and eczema, but the psoriasis is something new and it is related to arthritis so far I only get it on both elbows, if I give up all that food I will be eating nothing at all, I use diprosone as prescribed by my doctor.

      • Allergy centres are great, in the early years when i was looking at finding out what to do to help my psoriasis I had many allergy tests. However here’s the problem. People with skin problems are very likely to have leaky gut syndrome which means that the small intestine allows un-metabolised toxins to enter the blood stream. This initiates an auto-immune response in the body as it is recognised that these molecules are foreign and should not be there. Due to this reaction, allergy tests may identify many food intolerances as your secretory IgA in your gut (which is your first line of defence) is reduced. The objective is to 1. Identify what you are allergic to and avoid it and 2. heal the gut so to minimise food intolerances.

        The foods listed above ideally should be omitted to heal the gut and progress to healing the skin are common food intolerances amongst people with eczema and psoriasis but be mindful that our circumstances are all individual and so it the way our body reacts to food and lifestyle factors as well.

    • I have both as well. In my hair, and it is spreading all over my body. My drs prescribe cortisone creams but they don’t work very well or for only a short time. I might try RPA as well.

    • Psoriasis is an immune system problem, it’s not something that any allergic reaction to food can cause, I’ve tied the food elimination thing to try a help it but it had no affect at all.

    • My brother has suffered from psoriasis for years his is affected badly by stress. He is on new medication almost gone but powerful drugs.

  2. I’ve got psoriasis for 40 years now. Wben i was young it was horrible, was in hospital, it is uncurable, but as you are ageing, it dicreases very much, need to be disciplined, never allow skin to be dry, i use
    Nivea lotion, if i have spots of psoriasis i use ointment
    Daivobet and for scalp elcon lotion. Sunbathing is good,
    Zinc and vitamin b too. I learned to live with it and beside all other conditions i have, this is nothing. It’s not painful. I do have arthritis but it is difficult to say if it came from psoriasis or not. I can recognise someone’s psoriasis straight away, for me, it is very different than eczema.

    • talk to your doctor Psoriatic Arthritis
      Up to 30 percent of people with psoriasis also develop psoriatic arthritis, which causes pain, stiffness and swelling in and around the joints.
      Psoriatic arthritis can develop at any time, but it most commonly appears between the ages of 30 and 50. Genes, the immune system and environmental factors are all believed to play a role in the onset of the disease https://www.psoriasis.org/psoriatic-arthritis

    • My husband is a sufferer of Psoriatic Arthritis and it has to be treated as the Psoriosis eats away your bones. He is on Methotrexate and controlled diet we went to RPA and found out which foods affect him. He is much better after all of this. Myself and a Daughter suffer from eczema and our problem is an intolerence to sylicerate which is the natural occurring pesticide in all plants and vegetables.

  3. Yes, elbows are always affected, can’t get rid of it but i had that as young too, so, as i said difficult to know about arthritis, if one causes the other.

    • have diagnosed by a specialist Kruna, I had it for a while before I even told my doctor, I kept thinking it would go away

  4. I’ve had psoriasis for 40yrs now, sometimes it’s bad & sometimes it’s not so bad, I’ve tried the food thing & it never helped it at all, I’ve seen many specialist over the yrs & nothing much helps, the biggest trigger for me is if I’m stressed, or upset, or worn out, prescription meds & creams help control it to an extent, but for me I’ve found sun, & sea water are the best things I can do, my son has internal psoriasis & that even worse than external & again he has tried special diets & they don’t help.

    • sun is out for me because of skin cancer but a swim would not kill me especially in summer, I will give it a go, thanks Lyn 🙂

    • I have also had Psoraisis for over 40 years and I find the sea, sun, cotton clothing all help. Recently I have been able to almost completely get rid of it by using a natural oil from India. (Sold here in Aus but with old recipe from India) Oils of Ayurveda have a FB page and website and they sell on line. Good luck – I have tried sooo many things but am very pleased with my results with this oil.

    • I have had psoriasis for 60 years, and find that using soap free cleansers ( sorbolene), trying to minimise stress (not always easy), shampooing every day with a mild shampoo, and using moisturiser all help. When the itch is bad, a soak in a bath with pinetarsol is the only thing that really works. Summer is my best time. Allergies prevent me from using a lot if the natural treatments

    • Lyn i commonly hear people comment on a change in diet achieved no results. Here are some reasons why:
      * It was done long enough to encourage healing the leaky gut
      * it was complimented by addressing stress, other lifestyle factors etc
      * food that was consumed may be part of the do not eat list as many healthy foods fall under that category i.e.: acidic foods (oranges, tomatoes etc)
      Research has found that food does play a part. They have discovered gluten increases insulin resistance and inflammation which leads to more psoriatic disease and they have found insulin resistance is a factor for psoriatic disease. This means on low GI carbohydrates should be consumed and small quantities at a time. So as you can see it is a complex issue and having guidance from someone who is skilled in this area is the best way to tackle a change in diet in order to get the best results possible.

  5. Have any of you tried Colloidal Silver? Allan Sutton makes and sells “My Colloidal Silver “. Fantastic for numerous exzema and psoriasis being just a couple

    • You can use it either way Kathy Pongrac. I would put some in a small spray bottle and spray on the exzema or what ever but i would also take 5 mil morning and night for a month and see how you feel then. It’s very safe. We use it for sore throats (gargle and swollow )any time some one starts feeling unwell we take it for couple of days – symptoms disappear. Cuts abrasions . Cured my very sick daughter of glandular fever with in 2 weeks and blood tests after didn’t show any signs of it and its never reoccured. Used it to cure sarcoids on a horse (they’re kind of like big warts) eye infections. The list goes on. It kills viruses as well as bacteria. Must be measured out in PLASTIC cup or spoon. Hold under tongue for 10 seconds then swollow. Drink water doesn’t have to be heaps but couple glasses through out the day helps flush it through your system. My daughter was so sick I increased her intake till she was sipping a glass full of colloidal silver for a few days in a row. If you get on Allan Sutton s web page I think he has a guideline for quantities for various things in ppl and animals. You can order it o n line. I order 2 bottles at a time as works out cheaper. 1100 mil is about $40. In health food shops. I have been paying about 70 for 2 including postage unless gone up. I swear by the stuff. I have even rang Allan twice to ask for information.

  6. I use aloe vera on my skin …fabulous my hair i use t/gel every day …i havent had scalp problems for 20 years

  7. I have had brain surgery due to a ruptured aneurysm. I have developed eczema along the different scar lines in my head. Others who have had a Crainiotomy and invasive surgery have developed it as well. Much worse in humid weather, but a few years ago we went on a 6 week cruise, no eczema at all. From then I considered that water must have been a trigger, and after seeing the huge levels of chlorine in our water, I fitted a filter on the shower. That certainly helps, but I have it also behind my eye so the optometrist advised, and sometimes on my eyelids and ears. Cortisone helps clear that. The report was interesting in that chemicals in the brain play a part. That ties in with the effects of brain bleeds.

  8. About 3 years ago had psoriasis on hands and soles of my feet. Very painful walking. Prescribed methotrexate cleared it up. 4 months ago flared up again back on methotrexate at higher dose clearing it up but I have very bad nausea

  9. The article has more woo than science, if you think you have either then see your doctor and get proper treatment.

  10. I’ve had psoriasis for 55 years now,as teenager and and up to the age of 40 was the worst i think the physic logical side of it is very damaging, people are very cruel ,simple things like going for a swim at the local baths and they ask if you should be there and could you bring a doctors cert to say its not contagious, in the end you don’t want to go any where.I asked a skin specialist once why there was not more research his answer was because it was not life threatening there was very little funding. If only they knew.My psoriasis has not declined with age and at 71 I guess its not going to, a word of advice about the sun it is great but be so careful or you will end up with skin cancer’s that have to be cut out,takes about 30years for them to appear you can’t win,never mind life is good.

    • Jan. Found this interesting as I too have had Psoriasis since a teenager and Dad had it as well. Rob and Daryl do not have it. I also have Psoriatic Arthropathy which is a form of Athritis and have some pretty severe Meds to combat that. Thankfully my daughters have missed the gene xxxxxxxxx

    • Shirley,my dad said he had a cousin Grace that had dry scaly legs guess that it comes from the Sargison gene Poole .My doctor has put me on divobet which seems to be helping.

  11. I suffered with psoriasis for a long while in my scalp it wasn’t until I developed psoriatic arthritis that I was prescribed Methotrexate that I had some relief although it did not do much good for the arthritis so I was asked to go on a five year trial of a new drug no sign of psoriasis anymore & the arthritis is very light just occasionally a twinge . the trial comes to an end in 2016 then it is up to the Australian Goverment if it will be allowed into Australia to be prescribed .

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