It is important to know the difference between psoriasis and scabies so that you have the right approach for the treatment.
Apparently, scabies and psoriasis shares an uncanny resemblance at such an extent that they can mistake for one another. However, you can find some clear differences on close observations. Besides, they are different in terms of symptoms, targeted body parts, and treatment options.
Scabies is an infectious skin diseases caused by itch mite, Sarcoptes scabiei or parasite. The common symptoms are rashes and intense itching.
Causes of Scabies:
Coming in contact with infected person for a prolonged period of time
Having infected sex partner.
They likely to affect people with chronic health conditions that weaken the immune system, such as HIV or chronic leukemia.
What is Psoriasis?
It is a chronic disease caused by the rapid growth of the skin cells resulting in the accumulating of the dead skin cells on the surface. It is marked by the red and dry patches. Nearly 10 in every 100 people are prone to psoriasis due to their genes, but only two to three are affected.
Psoriasis affects people of all ages and lifestyle. There are 5 types of Psoriasis like:
- Psoriasis vulgaris
- Guttate psoriasis
- Pustular psoriasis
- Inverse psoriasis
- Exfoliative psoriasis
Causes of Psoriasis:
- Genetic causes
- Skin damages due to bruises, scrapes, bug bites, intense sunburns
- Medications including quinidine, indomethacin, lithium and antimalarials.
- Overweight or Obesity
How to Know If I’ve Scabies or Psoriasis?
As they look similar, its bit difficult to determine which one has affected you. Taking a close look can help you finding out the real diseases. Let’s break points of both scabies and psoriasis to understand the differences.
First of all, let’s start with the Psoriasis Symptoms:
Psoriasis can be determined by the red patches occurring on the skin with dry cracked skin, itching and burning, pitted nails and soreness.
They are likely to be found on:
- LOWER BACK
- SOLES OF THE FEET
Symptoms of Scabies:
Scabies symptoms are caused by the mites who burrow into your skin. The symptoms appear lately in those who’ve never had scabies. They can outbreak on anywhere on the body, but the common parts are:
- BETWEEN THE FINGERS
- AROUND THE WAIST
- INNER ELBOW
- AROUND THE BREASTS IN FEMALES
- THE GENITAL AREA IN MALES
- SHOULDER BLADES
- BACK OF THE KNEES
Firstly, doctor examines you by observing the symptoms, and can perform biopsy to ensure that you’ve scabies. He prescribes you several medications including topical ointment or creams to prevent the symptoms go worse. These creams are applied on the skin of the patient.
Medicines that are Commonly Used for Scabies are:
- Permethrin Cream:
- Lindane Lotion
- Crotamiton (Eurax)
- Ivermectin (Stromectol)
- Pramoxine lotion:
- Steroid cream:
How Treatment Works?
Generally, the treatment can get rid of the common symptoms of the scabies like itching and rashes within 4 weeks. However, you may experience an intense itching and rashes during the beginning of the treatment. If the symptoms are still persistent, mites may still have there. Some patients require repeat treatments to get rid of the mites.
Besides following your physician’s guidelines, maintain your personal hygiene and keep your clothes, bedding and towels clean. Use vacuum cleaner to clean your entire home.
Generally, psoriasis is treated in three ways: topical treatments, light therapy and systemic medications. All treatment are intended to stop the quick growth of the skin cells; reduce the inflammation, scales and plaque; and make the skin smooth.