Psoriasis In My Children, What Are The Chances?
If you currently suffer from psoriasis or your spouse has psoriasis breakouts, you might ask yourself at some point in your life this question. What are the chances that there will be psoriasis in my children? Psoriasis in Children is a topic that has been getting attention lately as the psoriatic condition gets more main stream.
This is a very legitimate question and one that merits a little thought and a little research. As young parents we of course want to bring our children into the world and give them all the best things in life that we never had. If we have psoriasis, we sure don’t want our first gift to be psoriasis to our children. We definitely do not want to them to go through life with it and endure the ridicule and stress that comes with this disorder.
We are going to look at the statistics, the research that has been gathered, that I have found through extensive research and hopefully put your mind at some sort of ease. It might not be the low percentage numbers you were looking for and I encourage you to look further and to always, do you own research. Never take one sources word for anything, do your do deligence.
The thing is when you have a family history of type 2 diabetes or you have high blood pressure and heart attacks in your family. You and the spouse do not sit around (or maybe you do?) drinking your morning coffee and discuss whether you want to have children or not because your grandfather had 2 heart attacks on your mom’s side of the family.
The point is, that after the facts are given you will see that there is certain percentages with the variable being the genetics that determine if your child will have psoriasis or not but do not let that be the determining factor to your decision.
The statistics of Psoriasis In Children:
- 15% if only one spouse has psoriasis15
- 40% if both spouses have psoriasis
- 16% if you have sibling that has psoriasis
- 16% if you have a parent that has it
- 28% if one parent and one sibling has it
- 55% if both parents have it
Overall statistics say that 2.5% of the population will get psoriasis. That is 7.5 million people in the United States alone. Psoriasis does not have any discrepancy when it comes to race, gender, age or social standing. There does seem to be a higher number of the caucasian race that does get psoriasis more often. Usually 1/3 of the reported cases of new psoriasis case are under the age of 20. Most cases of psoriasis in children are between 15 and 20 years of age. There are approximately 22,000 cases of children with psoriasis diagnosed every year.
Symptoms Of Psoriasis And Children
If your child doe get psoriasis when they are a child they will get the same lightly reddish, tear drop blemishes that you are used to seeing. These will probably be thinner and not as thick and scaly as you would see on a grown adult. It has been reported that the severity of the itching in children is were then an adult. Most of the time there is something that starts the auto-immune deficiency to kick into gear. No one really knows why or what but most times in children it is because of chicken pox, mumps measles or some other sort of trauma to the child’s system.
There is Good News
Psoriasis does not affect any other part of your child physically or mentally. They will grow just like all of their siblings and other kids in their neighborhood. It is recommended that you keep them on a healthy diet, organic vitamins D3, Omega 3 fish oil and organic multivitamins as well as feed them well balanced meals. There are doctors and fellow psoriasis sufferers that swear by gluten free diets or dairy free diets. We will discuss diet and psoriasis in another publication.Other good news is, there are newer psoriasis treatments being brought to the market everyday and some of the best psoriasis treatments are on the near horizon. With all the research on the latest psoriasis treatment and the more natural ways of treating psoriasis, those of us that do suffer and our children with psoriasis, have never had a better opportunity at a normal life without psoriasis.