In one of our previous articles, we’ve given you an overview of psoriasis. In this post, we will focus on the symptoms of psoriasis in children. So without further ado, let’s dive into it.
Symptoms of Psoriasis in Children
Symptoms of psoriasis in children are easy to pinpoint. If you realize that your child’s skin is covered with scaly red patches, this may spell the presence of psoriasis.
In its common form, psoriasis develops as red bumps on the skin, which progressively turn into plaques (those red patches mentioned above). The tip of these patches is usually grayish, scaly and thick. If you have children, look for these patches around their elbows, knees, scalp, around their belly button area, between their buttocks, and near their genitals. Keep in mind that psoriasis can also be found around the fingernails and toenails. If your children’s fingernails and toenails appear ridged, discolored, and are detaching, they may be suffering from early signs of psoriasis.
Psoriasis is not just skin deep. Certain children who have psoriatic arthritis, experience sharp joint pains. This leads us to touch on the different types of psoriasis you may encounter in your child,
Types of Psoriasis
Plaque psoriasis – This is the most widespread form of the condition. It is characterized by the display of swollen, scaly-looking red patches on the skin
Pustular psoriasis – When your hands start and feet being covered with blisters filled with white fluid, you may be suffering from pustular psoriasis
Guttate psoriasis – This form is notably common in children, so if you have children, beware of any teardrop shaped pink lesions on their skins. This usually occurs after an infection (such as a strep throat), sunburn, or an injury.
Erythrodermic psoriasis – This is a more severe form of the condition. Typically, children who suffer from this form usually come down with chronic fever, dehydration and infection.
Inverse psoriasis – this type appears in areas of the skin that tend to rub together or stay moist. It characterizes itself almost in the same manner as the plaque psoriasis
Psoriatic arthritis – As mentioned above, the condition is not just a skin one. It also attacks the joints, makes them painful, swollen, and stiff, especially around the fingers and toes. If not quickly treated this form may cause the joints to deform over time.
So there you have it. These are some of the symptoms of psoriasis in children. As a parent, you should be looking for these symptoms on your child, periodically. The condition does bear many different forms, so be knowledgeable about all of them, so that you can properly diagnose and treat it as soon as it comes in contact with your child.