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    A study in the British Journal of Dermatology found that children with psoriasis report impairment in their quality of life that equals the impairment reported by children with illnesses such as epilepsy, diabetes and asthma.

    While psoriasis typically strikes adults – age 16 to 26 is one span when many people first develop psoriasis symptoms – children and teens also develop psoriasis.

    Psoriasis can be difficult to deal with at any age. But in all cases, the best advice is the same: find a dermatologist (a doctor who specializes in treating the skin) who treats multiple psoriasis patients. Learn about the full range of treatments, then try to actually stick with the treatment plan you come up with. (You would be surprised how many people do not faithfully follow their treatment plan due to being busy, frustrated or just giving up.)

    Some families, working with their doctors, choose to treat psoriasis in children less aggressively, given the patient’s age and concerns over side effects. That must be balanced against the child’s present condition and quality of life, but can make sense in many cases. Each case is different. But if a child is miserable, than obviously more aggressive treatment is probably warranted.

    The good news is that there are treatments already helping children with psoriasis, and more treatments being developed. The future is bright for children with psoriasis.

    Here is a Psoriasis Cure Now Back to School Fact Sheet on Psoriasis in Children.