Psoriasis Cure Now Offers Free "Back to School" Resources for Children with Psoriasis, and Their Parents

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The nonprofit Psoriasis Cure Now released expanded resources to help children with psoriasis, and their parents, as kids head back to school. The offerings include a free fact sheet on children's psoriasis that parents can print off the internet and deliver to their child's school teacher; and a free podcast interview with a leading pediatric dermatologist discussing how to treat psoriasis in children and how to help them cope with it.

"Psoriasis Cure Now," a nonprofit patient advocacy group, today released expanded resources to help children with psoriasis, and their parents, as kids head back to school. The organization offers a free fact sheet on children's psoriasis that parents can print off the internet and deliver to their child's school teacher; and it offers a free podcast interview with a leading pediatric dermatologist discussing how to treat psoriasis in children and how to help them cope with it. These resources and more are available at http://www.PsoriasisKids.org .

"One of the toughest times for a child with psoriasis can be heading back to school, especially if changing schools," said Michael Paranzino, president of Psoriasis Cure Now and someone whose psoriasis emerged in high school. "These materials can help ease the transition."

The back to school fact sheet about psoriasis in children is designed for parents to give to their child's teacher, coaches, school nurse and others who interact with their child during the school day. The podcast interview is with Amy Paller, MD, of Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Paller is one of the nation's leading pediatric dermatologists and an expert on psoriasis in children. She offers a wealth of information in this interview, including treatment strategies for psoriasis in children, what to tell a child's teacher about the disease, and how to address the emotional impact of psoriasis that can significantly impair a child's quality of life.

Hundreds of thousands of American children have psoriasis, a non-contagious disease of the immune system that causes skin cells to replicate too quickly, producing dry skin that can itch, crack, bleed and be quite painful. A study in the British Journal of Dermatology found that children with psoriasis report impairment in their quality of life that equals the impairment reported by children with other chronic illnesses such as epilepsy, diabetes and asthma.

Psoriasis Cure Now is also in the final three weeks before Short Sleeve Days, its annual psoriasis awareness event that mobilizes psoriasis patients nationwide to educate the public about psoriasis. More information is available at: http://www.ShortSleeveDays.org .

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