Psoriasis in Children May Be Triggered by Respiratory Infections
In every other healing art in the world, EXCEPT Western medicine dermatology, skin conditions are related to the gastrointestinal tract. The skin is one of the routes by which the body exudes toxins. Could it be possible that these children who develop psoriasis from respiratory infections were all prescribed strong antibiotics that killed off the normal, healthy flora and affected the function of the GI tract?
(October 6, 2000 MedscapeWire) Although children often contract illnesses such as colds, strep throat, and tonsillitis, it is not well known that these infections are known to trigger psoriasis in some children. In fact, about 20,000 children are diagnosed with psoriasis annually, and many of the cases are attributed to upper respiratory infections. Although these common respiratory infections may trigger psoriasis, they are not the cause. The exact cause of psoriasis is unknown, but research has found that heredity plays a role. For example, if one parent has psoriasis, the chance of a child having it is about 10%. If both parents have psoriasis, the chance increases to 50%. One in three people report a family history of psoriasis, but there is no pattern to the inheritance. Children with no apparent family history of the disease can develop psoriasis.