There are many variations of psoriasis that people, including infants, can develop.
This is a type of psoriasis specific to infants. The skin lesions appear in the diaper area. This can make diagnosis difficult, as infants develop many other types of diaper rash
This is the most common
type of psoriasis in all ages. Plaque psoriasis
looks like raised, scaly, reddish-white or silver patches, particularly on the lower back, scalp, elbows, and knees. In children, plaques tend to be smaller in individual size and softer.
Guttate psoriasisGuttate psoriasis
is more common in infants and children than adults, although it is still the second most common
type of psoriasis overall. It is the most likely type of psoriasis to be triggered by a strep infection or a cold. It appears as small, dot-like patches (rather than the large plaques) all over the body.
Pustular psoriasis appears as red patches with a pus-filled center. These pustules most commonly occur on the hands and feet. This type is uncommon in infants.
With scalp psoriasis, plaques specifically appear on the scalp
, causing raised red areas with whitish buildup of flaky skin cells on top.
With this type of psoriasis, shiny red lesions appear in skin folds such as under the arms and behind the knees. This type of psoriasis
may be accompanied by psoriasis outbreaks on other parts of the body. It is uncommon in infants
This very rare, life-threatening type of psoriasis
results in a bright red rash all over the body. It is extremely itchy and painful, and may cause large portions of skin to come off.
Nail psoriasisThis type of psoriasis
is also uncommon in infants. It causes pitting and ridges in the finger and toenails, and may even cause them to discolor or fall off. Nail changes may or may not be accompanied by skin lesions.