How To Differentiate Between Scabies and Psoriasis?

Itchy skin? Rashes? Bumps?

These symptoms can be quite confusing. While some might be suspecting it as skin inflammation, you may be suffering from mite infestation. If you are confused between the two most common problems, Scabies and Psoriasis, here is something to help you out.

Understanding the causes!

Scabies: It is referred to as kin infestation caused by a mite- Sarcoptes scabiei. If left untreated, these bugs can survive on their human host for months. As they can reproduce at a faster rate these will form burrows into your skin and lay eggs. This will further cause an itchy, red rash formation on the skin.

Psoriasis: Being a chronic autoimmune condition, it is said to occur due to rapid buildup of skin cells. Usually, inflammation and redness around the scales are initial sings. It is said to be result of a sped-up skin production process which can grow deep in the skin and then rise to the surface.

Understanding the differences!

  • Itchiness: Scabies causes extensive itchiness which tends to get worse at night. People having scabies However, psoriasis might or might not cause irritation or itching.
  • Appearance: As far scabies is concerned, it appears like burrowing trails. However, psoriasis appears like patches on the skin surface.
  • Contagious: Fortunately, psoriasis doesn’t get transmitted via skin contact. However, you have to be extra careful in case of scabies. It is very contagious and can spread via direct skin contact and indirect transmission.
  • Risk Factors: Despite age, ethnicity, gender, lifestyle, these sorts of skin diseases can happen to anyone. However, both of these have their own risk factors, which are as follows:
    • Psoriasis can happen because of smoking, obesity, HIV or other viral infections, high-stress level, family history of this disease, bacterial infection and all. These are the main risk factors associated with it.
    • Scabies causes different risk elements and can happen to the family members of the infected. It has several risks associated with it, especially with sexual partners. Close body contact or even living in the crowd is quite risky if someone is suffering from scabies. Plus, disabled people or people with compromised immune systems also are at risk of Norwegian or crusted scabies.

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