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Psoriasis is an autoimmune disease that causes patches of red, scaly patches to appear on the skin. Many patients with psoriasis believe they are experiencing symptoms of eczema. Psoriasis afflicts over 8 million people in the United States and can affect people of all ages, though often develops in teenagers and young adults.

Our board-certified dermatologists at Brentwood Dermatology understand that the symptoms of psoriasis are not just unsightly, but are also uncomfortable and sometimes painful. We work closely with each patient to effectively diagnose the condition and provide a treatment plan to alleviate the pain associated with symptoms of psoriasis.


What is psoriasis?

Psoriasis, while commonly thought of as a skin condition, is actually an autoimmune disease that can cause more than just skin discomfort. Like other autoimmune diseases, psoriasis flares up when the body starts to attack healthy cells. In the case of patients suffering from psoriasis, symptoms present on the epidermis.

Dermatologists base the severity of psoriasis on how much of the body is covered and can range from mild to severe, with severe cases affecting 10% or more of the body. Any part of the body can be affected by psoriasis plaques, but the most common areas include:

  • Face
  • Scalp
  • Palms of the hands
  • Feet
  • Knees

Types of psoriasis & treatment options

During an appointment with a board-certified dermatologist at Brentwood Dermatology, we perform a variety of tests to determine what type of can determine psoriasis the patient may be suffering from. There are currently five types of psoriasis we diagnose:

  • Guttate
  • Pustular
  • Plaque
  • Erythrodermic
  • Inverse

Depending on the type and severity of the psoriasis symptoms, our dermatologists may recommend any combination of these treatment options:

  • Phototherapy
  • Topical medications
  • Oral medications
  • Systemic medications

Eczema vs. Psoriasis: What's the difference?

The main difference between psoriasis and eczema is in the causation of the conditions:

  • Eczema is caused by an allergic or hypersensitivity reaction that the patient is triggered by.
  • Psoriasis is an autoimmune disease with no known cause.

While eczema and psoriasis may share some common symptoms, there are some significant differences that our board-certified dermatologists at Brentwood Dermatology use to provide a precise diagnosis. Understanding whether you’re suffering from eczema or psoriasis can help you to find relief sooner. Some over-the-counter or home remedies for both conditions can cause the symptoms to worsen.



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