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What topical, oral, and light treatments can ease pediatric psoriasis, and when are they used?

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Topical treatments for pediatric psoriasis are creams, lotions, or ointments that are put on the skin. They include:

  • Corticosteroids
  • Coal tar
  • Anthralin
  • Calcipotriene (a form of vitamin D)
  • Your child's doctor might choose light therapy if plaques are on most of his body. Types include artificial light (UV light) and laser therapy. Your doctor will likely try a topical treatment before that.
  • Oral medications usually are used only if the psoriasis is severe.

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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