Two genes clear up psoriasis and eczema confusion

The two inflammatory skin disorders, often misdiagnosed, are distinguishable with a simple test

By Nsikan Akpan, 17:54 PM July 9, 2014

A test might prevent hundreds of thousands of misdiagnosed cases of skin disease by simply checking two genes, scientists report in the July 9 Science Translational Medicine.

Eczema and psoriasis are widespread, affecting 10 percent and 3 percent of the population, respectively. Both skin diseases produce itchy red patches that can look similar, even under the microscope. Accurate diagnosis is crucial because treatmentsfor one disease can exacerbate symptoms of the other, says dermatologist Ki...

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