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Is pediatric psoriasis contagious?

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Psoriasis isn't contagious. Often, a bacterial infection like strep throat triggers psoriasis for the first time in children. Other kids get certain genes from their parents that make them more likely to get it.

From: Psoriasis in Kids (Pediatric Psoriasis) WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

National Psoriasis Foundation: "Psoriasis Treatments for Kids."

University of Chicago: "Psoriasis in Children."

The Psoriasis and Psoriatic Alliance: "Psoriasis Treatments," "Children with Psoriasis."

Kid's Health: "Psoriasis."

Medscape: "Pediatric Psoriasis."

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on November 22, 2016

SOURCES:

National Psoriasis Foundation: "Psoriasis Treatments for Kids."

University of Chicago: "Psoriasis in Children."

The Psoriasis and Psoriatic Alliance: "Psoriasis Treatments," "Children with Psoriasis."

Kid's Health: "Psoriasis."

Medscape: "Pediatric Psoriasis."

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on November 22, 2016

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