Got itchy, red skin?

Dec 13, 2021 | Jennifer O'Hara | @jenohara | Comments (2)

When it comes to itchy, red skin, it’s possible that psoriasis or atopic dermatitis, also known as eczema, could be the cause.

"Psoriasis and eczema are both skin reactions to the inflammation or immune system coming to the skin and causing a reaction," says Dr. Dawn Davis, a Mayo Clinic dermatologist.

Psoriasis is thought to be an immune system problem that causes the skin to regenerate at faster-than-normal rates. This rapid turnover of cells results in scales and red patches.

Eczema results from irritants or allergens. It's common in children, but can occur at any age. And people with eczema often have other sensitivities, including asthma, hay fever or food allergies.

Both are long-term chronic conditions that don’t have a cure but can be treated. It is important for people with psoriasis or eczema to seek care to control flares-ups and improve their quality of life.

"Anticipate a lifelong relationship with your dermatologist or primary care provider so that we can take care of your skin over time and keep track of the treatment and management of your condition," explains Dr. Davis.

On the Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast, Dr. Davis helps explain the similarities, differences and treatments for psoriasis and eczema.

To practice safe social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic, this interview was conducted using video conferencing. The sound and video quality are representative of the technology used. For the safety of its patients, staff and visitors, Mayo Clinic has strict masking policies in place. Anyone shown without a mask was recorded prior to COVID-19 or recorded in an area not designated for patient care, where social distancing and other safety protocols were followed.

Read the full transcript.

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If there is no cure, why would the medications for both have astronomical costs to them??? Yes, I am angry about that, I have eczema on my face and my fingers and I can't get help because of the high cost!

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If there is no cure, why would the medications for both have astronomical costs to them??? Yes, I am angry about that, I have eczema on my face and my fingers and I can't get help because of the high cost!

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I have been treating skin problems for more than 10 yrs. I have tried so many topicals. Most have been very expensive and not covered or only partially covered by ins. I think I have probably tried every new and upcoming topical there is,
Next move may be dupixant which is ridiculously expensive.
My worst symptoms are on my face, I had remarkable skin before this. People envied my skin! Now it is a total embarrassment.
To add insult to injury my hair has really thinned. So as my mom would say, I am a vision of loveliness!
Has anyone here tried dupixant? Can you tell of your experience?
Thank you.

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