Psoriasis Vs. Scabies: How To Find The Difference

Here is a quick guide to tell if you have scabies or psoriasis.

Are you experiencing lesions, blisters and itching all over the body?

Is it scabies? Or you have got psoriasis?

If you have had scabies at some point, getting such symptoms may mean that you have got it again. Right?

But it can be psoriasis. According to one report, the risk of psoriasis is increased once you are infected with scabies.

Given that scabies is an infected skin condition, you can have it while battling psoriasis.

Due to their uncanny resemblance, they can be mistaken for one another. This is why it is not easy to identify exactly what you have. Don’t worry.

This guide will tell you the major differences between scabies and psoriasis.

What is Scabies?

Scabies is a contagious skin diseases caused by itch mite, Sarcoptes scabiei or parasite. Its symptoms are rashes and intense itching.

What Causes Scabies:

  • Being in the prolonged physical contact of an infected person or if you come contact with infected surfaces.
  • People with chronic health conditions are prone to scabies due to their altered immune system.

Common Affected Body Parts by Scabies:

Scabies can outbreak on anywhere on the body, but the common parts are:

  • Between The Fingers
  • Around The Waist
  • Armpits
  • Inner Elbow
  • Wrists
  • Around The Breasts In Females
  • The Genital Area In Males
  • Shoulder Blades
  • Buttocks
  • Back Of The Knees

What is Psoriasis?

Psoriasis is a chronic health condition marked by the excessive growth of the skin cells. Consequently, these dead skin cells get accumulated on the surface and look like a raised skin. Red and dry patches are trademark symptoms. Unlike scabies, psoriasis is not a contagious disease. Anyone can have psoriasis.

There are 5 types of Psoriasis like:

  • Psoriasis vulgaris
  • Guttate psoriasis
  • Pustular psoriasis
  • Inverse psoriasis
  • Exfoliative psoriasis

What Causes Psoriasis:

  • Genetic causes
  • Stress
  • Skin damages due to bruises, scrapes, bug bites, intense sunburns
  • Infections
  • Medications including quinidine, indomethacin, lithium and antimalarial.
  • Overweight or Obesity
  • Smoking

Common Affected Body Parts by Psoriasis:

  • Elbows
  • Scalp
  • Lower Back
  • Soles Of The Feet
  • Face
  • Palms

Key Takeaways in a Quick Difference Chart

          PSORIASIS                  SCABIES
 Rashes may or may not be an itch  Itch is a trademark part of scabies
 Rashes or leisons occur in patches  Lesions are likely to outbreak as burrowing trails on the skin
 Rashes lead skin flaking and scaling  They don’t generally flake and scale
 It is an autoimmune disease  It is caused by a mite infestation
 It is not infectious  It is infectious through direct skin contact

So far, you must have understood the key differences between psoriasis and scabies. Let’s find out how both skin conditions are treated.

How Scabies are Treated?

A doctor will prescribe you medicines based on your skin condition. Some of the common scabies medications are…

  • Permethrin Cream
  • Lindane Lotion
  • Crotamiton (Eurax)
  • Ivermectin (Stromectol)
  • Antihistamine:
  • Pramoxine lotion
  • Antibiotic
  • Steroid cream

With the treatment, you can see improvement within 4 weeks. However, you may experience an intense itching and rashes during the beginning of the treatment. One more thing—you are required to undergo a repeat treatment if there is little to no improvement in your skin condition.

Since it is a contagious skin condition, make sure to maintain your personal hygiene and keep you bedding, towels and clothes clean.

How Psoriasis are Treated?

Psoriasis is treated with topical treatments, light therapy and systemic medications. Remember, psoriasis is an autoimmune disease with no cure (till date). Therefore, the treatment aims to prevent the quick growth of the skin cells; reduce the inflammation, scales and plaque; and make the skin smooth.

While this guide helps you understand the key differences between scabies and psoriasis, make sure to see your doctor if the things are still unclear for you.

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