Differences and Diagnosis of Psoriasis & Ringworm


The skin serves as our first line of defense against the environment. Because it comes in contact with many different bacteria, the skin becomes particularity susceptible to diseases. Psoriasis and Ringworm are two common conditions seen on the skin.


In psoriasis, the immune system attacks normal skin cells. This results in new skin cells being formed at a high rate, according to the Mayo Clinic, and the old cells cannot leave the skin fast enough; eventually, thick patches of skin cells form on the surface.

Diagnosis of Psoriasis

If you experience patches of red, scaly, dry or bleeding skin, or itching and burning, see your doctor. She can diagnose psoriasis by taking a sample of skin and examining it under a microscope.


Ringworm causes a patch or rash that appears to be a circle on the skin. Although psoriasis and ringworm may look similar, ringworm is caused by a fungal infection of the skin.

Diagnosis of Ringworm

A skin sample is examined under the microscope for the presence of a fungus. If the doctor does not detect a fungus, the sample may be sent to a laboratory for further testing.


Both conditions can be treated with topical ointments and creams as well as oral medications. Ringworm disappears within a few weeks, according to the Mayo Clinic. There is no cure for psoriasis but the outbreaks can be treated

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