29 Nov Are You Giving Your Child Psoriasis or Rosacea?
At Spectrum Dermatology, many patients ask if their child will suffer from psoriasis or rosacea just like them. When one person in the family has psoriasis, parents often wonder if it will be passed on to their children. Rosacea also has a genetic component. Psoriasis is a genetic disease, and it’s a valid question. However, the answer to this question is often a guess at best. Does a child have a better chance of “getting” psoriasis from a parent or a sibling?
The facts speak for themselves. A child statistically has an almost equal chance of having psoriasis if only one parent has the disease or if only one sibling has psoriasis. It takes a lot of patience and a little luck to find out just what you (or your child) get. However, there are some clues as to how likely a child is to develop psoriasis, and working with a reputable dermatologist is your first step to early treatment.
Odds of Getting Psoriasis
A 2008 report by the Dermatology Times reported that a child has a 24% chance of developing psoriasis if a sibling has the disease and a 28% chance if a parent suffers from psoriasis. These figures are very close. However, if one parent and one sibling have psoriasis, another child has a 41% chance of developing the disease. If both parents, and no sibling, have psoriasis a child has a 65% chance of suffering from psoriasis in the future.
When you start considering multiple people in the family having psoriasis, there is a much larger chance of the parents passing on the disease. However, it’s important to keep in mind that there is no concrete way to speculate the odds. It can be needlessly stressful to try and gauge the chances of a child developing any disease. Remember that there are plenty of couples with psoriasis who have psoriasis-free children.
Treatment For Psoriasis
There is no way to prevent or cure psoriasis. However, there are many avenues that may help ease the symptoms and make life easier. Keeping moisturized is crucial since psoriasis often worsens when skin is dry. Trial and error is important in order to find the best lotion for you.
Avoiding cold, dry weather is a good idea, but not always feasible. A temperate climate that’s not too hot and not too cold is the best weather for avoiding psoriasis flare-ups. A humidifier in the home can help those living in dry areas. Controlling interior environments can help psoriasis sufferers get through tough winters.
Holistic Wellness For Psoriasis
Similar to a myriad of other diseases, emotional and mental health is tied to symptoms of psoriasis. Stress can aid a flare-up, so it’s critical to take care of your entire body. Sun, in moderate doses, can also help ease the symptoms of psoriasis. However, remember to always use sunblock and to limit direct exposure to 20-minute increments since a sunburn can make psoriasis worse.
Avoiding cuts and scrapes is essential, but not always easy. Keeping fingernails trimmed is a smart way to decrease the risks of a scrape. Some medications can negatively impact psoriasis patients, so keep an eye on what doesn’t work for you. Common culprits include lithium, propranolol, beta-blockers, and Cardioquin.
Spectrum Dermatology Psoriasis and Rosacea Treatment
At Spectrum Dermatology, we’ll work with you and your child for the best, safest psoriasis and rosacea treatment. Give us a call today for a consultation in one of our four Arizona locations – (480) 948-8400.