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Doc Talk: Psoriasis versus eczema versus rosacea with Dr. Jennifer Rayburn

Dr. Jennifer Rayburn, internal medicine practitioner for Saint Thomas Health describes the difference between eczema and rosacea.

When trying to determine whether or not you have a skin condition you may be confused whether it is psoriasis, eczema or rosacea or none of the three. Read on to see the major differences between the three and come closer to a diagnosis.

    • Rosacea skin tends to have bumps and lumps. It is often described as looking like acne but instead the redness extends further out than the actual bump. People with rosacea tend to see breakouts more when they consume alcohol or eat spicy foods. Rosacea tends to appear on the center or the face.
    • Eczema is like rosacea in that it has flare-ups resulting in the redness of skin. However, eczema tends to be common in younger children and is usually outgrown; whereas, rosacea is  more common in fair-complexions and is commonly more attributed to adults and women in particular.
    • Psoriasis is similar to eczema in its appearance but tends to have more serious symptoms. Psoriasis has a disposition of pink to red lesions that flake off and cause the infected area to bleed. Psoriasis differs from eczema in that it is only found in adults.

It is important to note that all three skin conditions can be treated but are not curable.

Don’t have a primary care physician? Call 1-800-Doctors for a free physician referral or call 615-284-1450 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Rayburn. 

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