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Other skin conditions with symptoms similar to psoriasis

Several other conditions have symptoms similar to psoriasis, including:

  • Fungal infections and bacterial infections.
  • Allergic reactions of the skin, such as eczema.
  • Intertrigo. Intertrigo is an inflammation of the skin caused by friction in folds of skin or places where skin touches skin, such as between the buttocks.
  • Lichen planus.
  • Lupus.
  • Skin cancer.

Some medication reactions can cause symptoms similar to psoriasis. Talk to your doctor about what medications you are taking.

Recommended Related to Psoriasis

Understanding Psoriasis -- Treatment

Despite the fact that psoriasis is incurable, it responds well to many topical and systemic treatments. Even people with severe psoriasis can get relief during flare-ups in about 85% to 90% of cases.

Read the Understanding Psoriasis -- Treatment article > >

By Healthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer Alexander H. Murray, MD, FRCPC - Dermatology
Last Revised January 6, 2010

WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

Last Updated: January 06, 2010
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