Psoriasis is a long-term condition that lasts over a lifetime. The condition is non-contagious and affects the skin, the scalp and the nails. Most people develop develop the condition before 10 years of age.
The prominent type in childhood is referred to as guttate or raindrop psoriasis characterized by red, small, scaly dots that largely form over the whole body. The onset of a throat infection such as strep throat will trigger psoriasis in children and teenagers.
Psoriasis has no cure but doctors employ different ways to manage symptoms and help children feel better. The treatments available are oral medications, topical creams and phototherapy.
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Mike Dilkes MS FRCS(ORL-HNS), FRCSEd, FRCS
Mike Dilkes ENT is based in Central, North, East and South London. Most of our consultations and treatments are carried out either at The Hospital of St John and St Elizabeth or The London Independent Hospital. The Hospital of St John and St Elizabeth is one of London's biggest and most prestigious private hospitals.
It is in St Johns's Wood, a leafy area of the west end, just north of Harley Street and Regent's Park. The London Independent Hospital is in Stepney Green, hidden away just behind Mile End Road, just to the East of the City of London. Formally The London Jewish Hospital, it is a purpose built modern building with full facilities, beautifully appointed rooms, state of the art laser systems and, in case anything goes wrong (it really shouldn't), a fully covered Consultant 24 hour ward and Intensive Care presence - the only private hospital in London to have this.