Dealing with Pediatric Psoriasis

The Heartbreak of Psoriasis – Part 1

It’s possible many of you have seen the commercials on TV, but have you actually learned what it is? I know I had seen and heard the commercials, but the “disease” or “condition” never really crossed my mind. Until the dermatologist said those dreadful words to me “It’s positive, your daughter has Psoriasis”.

Oh, and BTW, I hate calling it a disease, so you may see me refer to it as her condition.

Finding information on this topic is actually easy now that we are in the era of internet! YAY! But, that only works for people who are interested in leaning. It’s still a very unknown condition, with no solid reasons, no cures, and basically just the “what” part and not the why or how.

Psoriasis is actually an auto-immune “disease”. That means it is NOT contagious!

It causes these red, raised and most times flakey patches to appear on your skin. The most common areas tend to be the scalp, knees and elbows but they can appear anywhere on your body!

I am pulling this directly from the National Psoriasis Foundation website. You may think Psoriasis is like Baby Eczema, but it is not. I could only wish my daughter had Baby Eczema at this point, because you can get rid of that,

Unfortunately, Psoriasis you cannot.

“Psoriasis may seem similar to eczema, but there are several differences:
  • Psoriasis plaques are well-defined; eczema tends to be flatter with less well-defined edges.
  • Eczema typically occurs on locations atypical for psoriasis, such as the front of elbows or behind the knees.
  • Psoriasis is most often found on the outside of knees and elbows, the scalp, the lower back, the face, the palms and soles of feet. It also can show up in other places, such as fingernails, toenails, the genitals and inside the mouth.
  • When biopsied, psoriasis skin looks thicker and inflamed when compared to skin with eczema.”

There are actually 5 different types of Psoriasis, from what I have found on the National Psoriasis Foundation website. I actually believe that my little angel face has a mixture of three different ones.

If you visit the website, there is SO much to learn! From reading about the different types, I was able to identify that in addition to the main type she has. Guttate Psoriasis (second most common type), she may also have Plaque Psoriasis (the most common type) and Inverse Psoriasis.

Psoriasis has some “known” causes and triggers…yet they are not universal to all of those with this condition. I can list a few for you, but there is SO much, you NEED to visit the website and check it out.

“Scientists believe that at least 10 percent of the general population inherits one or more of the genes that create a predisposition to psoriasis. However, only 2 percent to 3 percent of the population develops the disease.”

Researchers believe that for a person to develop the disease, the individual must have a combination of the genes that cause it and be exposed to specific external factors known as “triggers”.

“Triggers are not universal. What may cause one person’s psoriasis to become active, may not affect another.”

One of those triggers could be: stress, injury to the skin, certain medications, and infections.

Obviously my daughter (and I) carry the gene they believe predisposes one to developing this condition. I was unaware I even carried this gene until my own spots started to appear around the same time her’s started. I actually do not believe my daughter was exposed to any of those triggers.

The website says, “you can have had the strep bacteria and not even know it”, which is one of the MAIN triggers of Guttate Psoriasis in children.

She JUST had her blood work done and no signs of recent strep bacteria, which leads me to believe that is NOT her trigger since she just had a flare up. Stress to the body in general can cause flare ups.

Maybe the pregnancy and delivery were stressful enough on me as well as her to trigger the condition to show it’s ugly face a few months after she was born.

I do not want to bore you with a huge long post, but PLEASE do me a favor and go to this website and look around. Maybe YOU can be the next person that we need to help educate the world.

Brandy – The Not-So-Single Mom

Here is the rest of our story: The Heartbreak of Psoriasis, Part 2…Our regimen, and My Honest Solution for Helping my Daughters Psoriasis

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