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Both eczema and psoriasis are types of dermatitis, which simply means "inflammation of the skin." Most types of dermatitis result in inflamed, red skin that is often itchy and may develop into lesions.
Eczema can include crusty sores, scabs, thickened skin, pimple-like eruptions, and sometimes even lesions. The skin can be either oozing or crusty and easily becomes infected. Eczema is considered more of a symptom than an actual disease, and is best treated by dealing with the underlying cause.

Psoriasis produces reddish lesions with a characteristic silvery scaling that flakes off, causing the skin underneath to bleed. These scales are actually excess skin generated when certain substances in the body that are responsible for directing skin cell growth go out of control and make the cells grow too quickly-sometimes 1,000 times faster than the normal rate of growth. Psoriasis can be controlled by prescription drugs, but these are hard on the liver and therefore must be carefully administered, especially considering that impaired liver function is thought to contribute to psoriasis.

The exact cause of these skin conditions is often difficult to determine. We do know that you are more prone to get them if you have thin, dry skin. According to researchers, dermatitis is often caused by allergies and sensitivities to particular foods. Eliminating the foods most likely to cause allergies often decreases eczema.

Most people with eczema test positive to some type of allergy, have elevated levels of antibodies in their blood (a sign of an allergic reaction) and often do not have enough stomach acid, a common cause of food sensitivities. Secondary skin infections, which often occur with eczema, may need to be treated separately.

People with psoriasis usually have high levels of polyamine, an undesirable, toxic type of amino acid that is formed during poor protein digestion, another cause of food sensitivities. A natural way to treat psoriasis is by exposure to direct sunlight and heat.
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