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

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Psoriasis Cure Now, a nonprofit patient advocacy group, is offering resources to help children with psoriasis, and their parents, as kids head back to school, including a fact sheet on children's psoriasis that parents can print off the internet and deliver to their child's school teacher and a podcast interview with a leading pediatric dermatologist discussing psoriasis in children.

With children now headed back to school, Psoriasis Cure Now, a nonprofit patient advocacy organization, is offering resources to help children with psoriasis and their parents. The organization offers a 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 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.

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. Some children also have psoriatic arthritis.

Psoriasis Cure Now's family-friendly Psoriasis Walk campaign will also launch this weekend in NJ, before moving to Philadelphia, Baltimore and Charlotte in October. More information is available at: http://www.PsoriasisWalk.org.

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