Psoriasis is an inflammatory autoimmune skin disease caused by an immune system disorder. It causes itching and painful red raised scaly patches to appear on the skin. Although it can appear on any part of the body, it usually occurs on the shoulders and knees, on the scalp, the face or the palms of the hands.
People with this disorder have a cell renewal process of 4 or 5 days rather than the roughly 30 days it usually takes in healthy individuals, meaning that the cells grow too quickly. It usually develops in adulthood and is sometimes hereditary, but it can also occur in childhood.
When traveling with children suffering from psoriasis we should take a number of things into account: firstly, the possible factors that can worsen the psoriasis; secondly, the routines to try to make the trip more pleasurable.
Factors which can lead to an outbreak of psoriasis or can make the flare-ups worse are stress, infections, skin dryness and certain medicines. Changes in weather can also affect people with psoriasis, above all during seasonal changes and in cold weather.
Furthermore, excessive heat, sunburn, or something as seemingly harmless as a refreshing dip in the pool can affect the skin or trigger a psoriasis outbreak. This is something to take into account when taking trips and particularly car journeys.
To ensure that the child is as comfortable as possible we need to be very careful when regulating the temperature in the car. We should be very aware of temperature and humidity, although on long journeys the sun is also a very important factor to consider. Regardless of the season of the year, the sun's rays could be beating down on the child's skin for a considerable amount of time.
A high factor sunscreen must be used (and this is a good idea in general, whether or not you suffer from psoriasis) to avoid burning and to keep an outbreak at bay. It is also extremely important to keep children hydrated at all times, and especially while they are seated in the child car seat on the journey.
If you need medication, risk prevention and planning for the trip is key to ensuring they are properly stored during the journey and the trip. You should discuss this with a specialist before leaving. We should make sure we store medication at a cool and stable temperature, and should not put them in an overheated trunk or the warmest parts of the car You will need to take a well-insulated portable cooler.
Last but not least, it is very helpful to keep to the usual routine even though we are on a trip. Sleeping at the same time each night is important so we do not alter their sleep patterns. Moreover, avoiding stress, wearing comfortable clothes and practicing good hygiene are some of the typical recommendations for patients with psoriasis.