Question: Will My Children Get Psoriasis?
Many parents with psoriasis wonder if their children will also get the disease. Since psoriasis has a genetic basis, the question is legitimate, but the answers are often estimates at best.
Answer: Psoriasis has a genetic basis: Thirty-six percent to 91% of patients have some sort of family history of the disease. If both parents and a sibling have psoriasis however, the risk is as high as 83. Here are some other statistics to consider:
- one sibling with psoriasis: risk is 24%
- one parent with psoriasis: risk is 28%
- one sibling and one parent with psoriasis: risk is 41%
- two parents with psoriasis: risk is 65%
Source: Gagnon L. Pediatric Psoriasis. Dermatology Times. 2008;29:17-19.
Gagnon L. Pediatric Psoriasis. Dermatology Times. 2008;29:17-19.