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Psoriasis is a common, inflammatory disease that causes skin cells to build up on the surface of the skin. They form itchy, red patches with thick scales. Psoriasis can appear anywhere on the body but is most commonly found on the scalp, knees, elbows and torso. 

Causes of Psoriasis

Psoriasis is a complicated disease with numerous causes. In psoriasis, there are multiple problems with the skin including increased number of skin cells, abnormal skin cells and inflammation. What causes this may be different in different patients. Some people are genetically susceptible to acquire psoriasis, meaning they may inherit a gene from one of their parents. Other people’s psoriasis may be triggered or exacerbated by infections, trauma, or certain medications.

Symptoms of Psoriasis

  • Raised red patches of skin that can have silvery scales on them
  • Dry, cracked skin that may bleed at times
  • Itching, soreness, or a burning sensation in the affected area
  • Thick, pitted fingernails

Treatment for Psoriasis

  • Phototherapy
  • Excimer
  • Topical Treatments
  • Oral or Injected Medications

If you feel your child is experiencing any of these symptoms, please contact Florida Center for Pediatric Dermatology at 407.303.1687 or through our online contact form.