Eczema and Psoriasis

Although the two conditions are often put together, there are a significant number of differences between eczema and psoriasis. Psoriasis is an autoimmune condition that results in itchy and scaly skin. Psoriasis is often associated with conditions such as arthritis, Crohn’s disease, depression and cardiovascular diseases (CVDs). Treatment often includes vitamin D3 topical creams, ultraviolet light treatment and immunosuppressants such as methotrexate. Beta blockers and NSAIDs can make psoriasis worse. Plaque-type psoriasis is the most common type of psoriasis.

Eczema (aka “dermatitis”), meanwhile, is a condition that is usually triggered by allergens, irritation and poor blood flow from the veins. Antihistamines, oatmeal baths, coconut oil and capsaicin cream may be used to treat eczema. Eczema is a common condition that usually starts in childhood, and in some continues into adulthood. 245 million people worldwide suffer from dermatitis, as of 2015. In the US, dermatitis affects between 10% and 30% of people.

Cannabis may help both eczema and psoriasis, as the skin contains endocannabinoid receptors, which interact with phytocannabinoids and possibly help prevent itching. Cannabinoids also have an immune system modulating affect, which could help prevent the release of cytokines and therefore prevent inflammation. There is some suggestion that THC may suppress allergic reactions by activating CB1 receptors. The cannabis plant also contains several cannabinoids and terpenoids that have antimicrobial properties.

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