What Does a Pediatric Dermatologist Do?
Pediatric dermatology includes the diagnosis and management of common and uncommon skin conditions that affect infants, children, and adolescents. Our staff has participated in clinical trials for medications now used to treat children's skin conditions.
We take a special approach with the children in our care, performing exams and procedures in a reassuring manner designed to minimize the patient's anxiety and discomfort. Our office provides a warm and caring atmosphere, and the lines of communication are always open for our younger patients and their parents as well.
We promote sun-awareness behavior in children of all ages and provides guidance for a lifetime of healthy skin, hair, and nails, including the evaluation and treatment of:
- Eczema/ Atopic Dermatitis
- Warts, molluscum contagiosum, and other viral and bacterial skin infections
- Birthmarks and acquired growths, including moles, hemangiomas, port wine stains, and other vascular malformations
Acne affects most teens, but it can affect people of all ages. Acne is not a life-threatening condition, but the lesions associated with the condition are upsetting and can be disfiguring. It is important to seek treatment for yourself or your teen, as there are many options available to reduce the embarrassment and scarring associated with acne.
Birthmarks are areas of discolored skin on a baby's body at or shortly after birth. Over eighty percent of babies have some kind of birthmark. Vascular birthmarks are caused by blood vessels that have accumulated below the surface of the skin. Pigmented birthmarks - usually brown, gray, bluish, or black - result from abnormal development of pigment cells. Most birthmarks are harmless and non-cancerous, but a physician should examine your child's birthmarks, especially if one begins to change or grow.
Eczema/ Atopic Dermatitis
Eczema/ Atopic Dermatitis is a common skin condition, atopic dermatitis is frequently described as “the itch that rashes.” Intensely itchy patches form. These patches can be widespread or limited to a few areas. Scratching often leads to redness, swelling, cracking, “weeping” of clear fluid, crusting, and scaling of the skin. Constant scratching can cause skin damage, infection, and sleep loss.
Ten to 20 of infants and children and 1 to 3 percent of adults develop atopic dermatitis, making it the most common type of Eczema. For 60 percent of more, atopic dermatitis begins during the first year of life, and a least 80 percent have the condition before age 5.
Molluscum (or MC) is a viral infection of the skin which appears as flesh-colored, pearly, dome-shaped bumps. It is spread through skin-to-skin contact or sharing clothing or towels. The lesions may last for weeks to months or even years. They are generally not painful but may itch or become irritated. Many cases of molluscum clear up naturally within a year or less, but as long as the skin growths are present, there is a possibility of transmitting the infection to another person. Therefore, if you suspect you or your child has this infection, it should be evaluated by a dermatologist.
Warts are caused by a virus. Warts are usually skin-colored and feel rough to the touch. Warts can grow anywhere on the skin, but most often occur on the hands. Plantar (foot) and genital warts are also common. Treatment may include freezing or removing the wart, topical medications, or injection of medication to hasten the resolution of the wart.