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Recognizing the Signs of Psoriasis In Your Child

Aug 15, 2012

Psoriasis is an autoimmune condition that affects the skin. Individuals with healthy skin regeneration typically experience skin cell turnover every 28 to 30 days. In contrast, individuals with psoriasis have a skin cell regeneration time period of only 3-4 days. Not only do their skin cells multiply too rapidly, but also they do not shed quickly enough to allow normal turnover. As a result, the skin appears scaly and red. Current estimates show that nearly 8 million people in the United States suffer from psoriasis. Of that number, 20,000 children are diagnosed with the condition every year. Although dermatology care specialists are still trying to determine an exact cause for psoriasis, the following symptoms can alert parents that their child may be suffering from it.

Plaque Psoriasis

Plaque psoriasis, which affects nearly 80 percent of all patients, is by far the most prevalent form of the disease. Typically, it shows up at the knees, elbows, lower back, and scalp, as inflamed red lesions covered by white scales. Because the genes for psoriasis are passed down through the parents, you should have your child checked for the condition if it runs in the family.

Guttate Psoriasis

Skin care center experts have noticed that psoriasis often develops immediately following a childhood illness. Guttate psoriasis, which appears as small red spots, can form after a child has experienced a bout of strep throat, bronchitis, or tonsillitis. If you notice these bumps on your child’s trunk or limbs, contact your dermatologist for medical attention.

Inverse Psoriasis

As its name implies, inverse psoriasis forms in areas of frequent skin-to-skin contact, such as under the buttocks, around the genitals, and in the underarm region. Though inverse psoriasis is also characterized by red lesions, this variety is flat and shiny. Because inverse psoriasis develops in tender areas of the body, schedule an appointment with your dermatologist as soon as possible to alleviate your child’s discomfort.

If your child has psoriasis in Arlington Heights, Arlington Dermatology can treat it. We use the most medically advanced methods of psoriasis management care available in treating patients in the greater Arlington Heights, Illinois region. To learn more about our skin care center services, or to schedule an appointment, call us today at [company-phone id=1].

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