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Psoriasis and eczema are both skin conditions that can cause quite bothersome symptoms. Fortunately, there are many products available for purchase at Walgreens in stores and online for symptom relief. Although symptoms of psoriasis and eczema can be similar, they are different skin conditions. You should see your healthcare provider to evaluate any skin condition you may have.

What is eczema?

Eczema, also called dermatitis, is a group of inflammatory skin conditions that result in swollen, inflamed and oftentimes itchy areas of skin. Eczema most commonly occurs in children and babies, but it can also develop in adults. There are many types of eczema, none of which is considered contagious.

Symptoms of eczema

Symptoms can vary from person to person and depending on the type of eczema. Atopic dermatitis, which is the most common type, may occur on any part of the body. Symptoms include:

  • Dry skin
  • Itchiness
  • Redness, rash and raised skin
  • Oozing and crusting

For some people, eczema can occur on any area on the body and symptoms can lessen or become worse at times.

What causes eczema?

The exact cause of eczema is unknown. However, genetic and environmental factors are thought to play a role. Some types of eczema can be prevented by avoiding certain fabrics, lotions, soaps, and other items that you may be allergic to. Managing stress can also be helpful. It’s also important to maintain good skin hygiene by keeping it clean and moisturized to help prevent eczema flares.

Types of over-the-counter eczema treatments

There are many topical treatment options for eczema symptom relief available over-the-counter at Walgreens in stores and online. There are creams and ointments that are formulated to hydrate and protect the skin from irritants and dryness. These products may contain soothing ingredients like colloidal oatmeal. Certain creams may also include ingredients like hydrocortisone, which may help address itching and inflammation symptoms.

What is psoriasis?

Psoriasis is a chronic, non-contagious skin condition that is caused by an immune system dysfunction. As a result, some areas of skin become thickened with itchy, sore, scaly patches called plaques. Psoriasis more commonly affects adults and persists for life, with symptoms improving or getting worse at times.

Symptoms of psoriasis

Psoriasis symptoms usually include patches of skin that are thick, itchy and sore with silvery-white scales. These patches can occur anywhere on the skin, but they’re most commonly found on the elbows, knees, lower back and scalp. Some people also report symptoms of burning, stinging or tightness associated with psoriasis plaques. The plaques can become infected from trauma caused by scratching.

What causes psoriasis?

Psoriasis is a common skin condition that involves the immune system. Skin cells are turned over too quickly, leading to build up of excess cells in patches. Underneath the patches, inflammation may occur and cause itching. Although psoriasis is not directly caused by environmental conditions, certain triggers such as stress, infections, extreme weather conditions and some medications can make psoriasis symptoms worse. Psoriasis often tends to be genetic and therefore may be present in several family members.

Types of psoriasis treatments

If you think you may have psoriasis, it’s best to speak with your healthcare provider about your symptoms in order to develop a plan. There are multiple treatment options for psoriasis that include topical, oral, injectable and even light therapy. Some prescription treatments work to improve symptoms by affecting the immune system. Many topical products are available over-the-counter at Walgreens in stores and online for psoriasis symptom relief.

Certain shampoos may contain ingredients including salicylic acid and zinc, which may help symptoms of scalp flaking. Psoriasis creams and ointments may help soothe itching and other symptoms with homeopathic ingredients such as argentum metallicum. Sensitive formulated skin care products are also offered for people who may have skin that is commonly prone to irritation from certain fragrances and other ingredients. Ask your Walgreens pharmacist in stores or in Pharmacy Chat about potential options for psoriasis relief.