When to call a doctor

Call your doctor or pediatrician if your child has the following symptoms:

  • bright red areas of raised patches (plaques) that are covered with loose, silvery, scaling skin
  • thick, crusted patches on the scalp
  • tiny pits or yellowish discoloration in the nails, separation of the nail from the skin, or buildup of skin debris under the nail
  • signs of developing bacterial infection, such as:
    • increased pain, swelling, redness, tenderness or heat
    • red streaks extending from the area
    • a discharge of pus
    • fever of 100.4°F (38°C) or higher with no other cause

If your child is currently being treated for psoriasis, call your doctor or pediatrician if your child:

  • has severe and widespread psoriasis and the skin is more irritated or inflamed than usual, especially if the child has another illness
  • is taking medication for psoriasis and has serious side effects, such as vomiting, bloody diarrhea, chills or fever

Call your pediatrician if your child is not improving within 2-4 weeks with his or her current treatments, if the itching is keeping your child awake at night or the rash develops pus or scabs, or if the rash becomes raw and bleeds.

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