Itchy Skin Almost All Over The Body?

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Tonight, I’m a 19-year-old college student. A year ago I felt I was experiencing prickly heat and went to the doctor to see that I had dermatitis. After doing the treatment I recovered but a month later relapsed again and the doctor still said the same thing. But lately my skin condition has become thicker and itchier, my itchy skin is also dry and feels hot. I itch in the back of the neck, both elbows, knees, legs and eyelids. I have been using eczema ointments because according to some pharmacists from the features I mentioned are eczema. On my back there are also spots. Why do you think? Is it true that eczema or I might be affected by psiorasis? Thank you

1 Answer:

Good evening, thanks for the question
The clinical picture between psoriasis and dermatitis (in this case based on the symptoms you convey the possibility of a neurodermatitis) is indeed similar but can be distinguished by a careful physical examination of skin disorders and assessment of other risk factors.


Psoriasis vulgaris is a chronic inflammatory skin disease that is often recurring and is characterized by skin disorders in the form of red plaque that is covered by thick, rough, dry white silvery white scales. The main locations include the elbows, knees, scalp, lower back, buttocks and symmetrical genitalia. In psoriasis when skin abnormalities are done scraping it will find small bleeding spots. Healthy skin that has been scratched by a patient can develop into the same skin disorder within a period of approximately two weeks.


Risk factors for psoriasis include:
1. Infection
2. Stress
3. Medicines
4. Physical trauma, UV exposure
5. Pregnancy, puberty
6. Smoking, alcohol


While neurodermatitis is a skin disorder in the form of chronic inflammation, itchy with a sign of thick and prominent skin resembling bark due to repeated scratching and rubbing. Complaints of itching is very annoying, especially felt at night or not busy time. If it feels itchy, it will be very difficult to hold.


Risk factors:
1. Woman
2. 30-50 years old
Locations of skin disorders are generally found in the nape of the neck, sides of the neck, lower limbs, ankles, scalp, inner thighs, elbows, scrotum and vulva.


The types of treatment of the two types of disease are different so the diagnosis must be confirmed based on physical examination. Psoriasis consists of 3 types of therapy, namely topical therapy (emollients, glucocorticoids, vitamin D analogues,
salicylic acid, dithranol, tazarotene and tar) phototherapy and systemic according to the extent of skin disorders. While neurodermatitis is given potent corticosteroid and anti-histamine treatment to reduce symptoms.


Both are recurrent, so optimal treatment is needed to prevent recurrence. Carry out further tests with a dermatologist for further examination and treatment. To temporarily avoid excessive scratching, just pat the area of ​​skin disorders to reduce complaints of itching.


That's all, hope you can help
Wassalam.

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