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What are options for the treatment of pediatric psoriasis?

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Other treatment options for pediatric psoriasis may include:

  • Topical treatments: Most children have mild psoriasis you can treat with cream, lotion, or ointment that's spread onto the skin. These include:
  • Corticosteroids
  • Coal tar
  • Anthralin
  • Calcipotriene (a form of vitamin D)
  • Light therapy: Your child's doctor might choose this option if plaques are on most of your child's body. Types include artificial light (UV light) and laser therapy. But these treatments are known as second line, meaning your doctor will likely try a topical treatment before light therapy.
  • Oral medications: Your child's doctor will probably recommend medicine to take by mouth or by shot only if the psoriasis is severe. Many of the ones doctors use for adults are not as safe in children and have serious side effects.

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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