WAILEA, HAWAII – Plaque type psoriasis continues to be the most common type of psoriasis in children, but there are other presentations that should be considered, said Wynnis Tom, MD, a pediatric dermatologist at the University of California, San Diego, and Rady Children’s Hospital, San Diego.
“We certainly see a form of what some people would call napkin dermatitis,” or “diaper psoriasis,” affecting the diaper area in young infants,said in at the Hawaii Dermatology Seminar provided by Global Academy for Medical Education/Skin Disease Education Foundation.
So when a child has a more refractory diaper rash, “look around to see if there are other lesions in the surrounding area that might be more typical for psoriasis,” she noted.
“We also see a lot more guttate disease” in children with psoriasis, which is more likely to be related to infections and triggers, Dr. Tom said. The face and scalp are often affected in children, and it is important to attend to these areas early to help avoid social stigma, she added.
Dr. Tom disclosed financial relationships with companies including Celgene, Janssen, and Promius. SDEF and this news organization are owned by the same parent company.