Kallgren Dermatology Clinic in Boulder can be your dermatologist if you have a common skin disorder, need a yearly skin cancer check, or need some advice on how to maintain a youthful appearance as you grow older. Two common disorders that we treat are eczema and psoriasis. Many people confuse these two skin disorders, so we thought we would take this blog to chart out some differences.

 

Eczema

  • Also known as Atopic Dermatitis.
  • Appears as red patchy skin which can ooze and develop think crusty sores.
  • Sores may crack and bleed.
  • Is similar in look to extreme hives.
  • Can be caused by a hypersensitivity to topical triggers such as fabrics, dyes, soaps etc.
  • About 10 to 15% of babies get eczema at some point. It occurs on their faces, and at the joints of their arms and legs.
  • Babies get eczema because their bodies are not making enough ceramides which are a bioactive lipid that keep the skin moist.

 

Psoriasis

  • Appears as raised, red, itchy silvery white, scaly patches of dry skin.
  • This is a lifelong condition but usually shows itself after the age of 10.
  • Occurs in several forms, including Plaque Psoriasis.
  • Psoriasis is an autoimmune disorder.
  • Usually, it takes about 40 days for a skin layer to ‘turn over’ but in psoriasis this process can take place over just a few days. This may be the result of an autoimmune response where the body is attacking healthy skin cells.
  • There is no cure for psoriasis, but it can be treated with pharmaceutical topical creams.
  • Often occurs on knees and elbows but also occurs frequently on the scalp.
  • Psoriasis can be triggered by stress, dry winter air, damage to skin and even certain medications.

We offer a number of dermatology services, including the treatment of psoriasis eczema. Call to schedule an appointment with one of our dermatologists today.