What is pediatric dermatology?
Pediatric dermatology specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of skin diseases affecting, infants, children and adolescents, up to 18 years of age. A pediatric dermatologist has the qualifications and experience to treat a variety of pediatric skin conditions using the latest treatment methods. Unlike in the past, today, most of the pediatric skin conditions are treated in outpatient clinic setting but some severe skin disorders call for hospitalization.
Our pediatric dermatologist services in Plano TX:
We treat a variety of pediatric skin conditions from infectious to genetic skin disorders as well as noninfectious skin conditions. Some of the conditions we have seen and successful treated include:
· Teen acne
· Warts & Moles
· Genetic skin disorder
· Port win stains
· Fungal skin infection
· Parasitic skin infection
· Bacteria skin infection
What conditions do pediatric dermatologists treat?
Pediatric dermatologists diagnose and treat a variety of skin conditions such as:
Also known as atopic dermatitis, eczema is a chronic skin condition that presents in early childhood. It is characterized by red itchy patches on the skin that ooze when scratched. Eczema worsens when the skin gets into contact with irritants. Eczema is associated with allergies and mostly affects children with family history of eczema, allergies and asthma. It is usually treated with oral antihistamine medications and steroid creams.
This is a chronic skin condition that lead to flaky and red patches on the skin with a layer of scales overlying them. Some children with mild changes may not require treatment whereas severe cases will need long term treatment to control the condition.
Warts in children present hard bumps on the feet and hands. They occur due to contact with human papillomavirus (HPV). Most warts disappear on their own but the persistent ones are treated with either chemical peels, surgery, cryotherapy or topical medications.
Cellulitis is an infection of the underlying skin tissue. It is characterized by the swelling and the reddening of the skin which may be painful. It can affect any part of the body. Cellulitis treatment includes oral antibiotics. In most cases, the symptoms disappear in a few days but a child may be hospitalized and receive antibiotics through the veins if the signs and symptoms are severe or if they do not respond to oral antibiotics.
Also known as school sores, Impetigo is a highly contagious skin infection that causes blisters and sores. It is one of the most common skin infection in young children. Once Impetigo is confirmed, the mild cases can be treated with antibiotic cream while the more severe and widespread infection is treated with antibiotics tablets.
Ringworm is a fungal infection that causes red rings to appear on a child’s skin. If not treated, they may become scaly or inflamed. It mostly affects limbs but they can occur on any body part. Anti fungal creams are the recommended treatment for ringworms on the body. They work by attacking the fungi causing the infection hence allowing the skin to heal.
This is a skin condition caused by burrowing of tiny mites in the skin. It causes intense scratching which can create open sores which are prone to infection. Scabies is usually passed on through skin contact between the affected child and the mother. As a result, when a child is diagnosed with scabies, anyone else who has had physical contact with him or her should also be treated. Most times, scabies go away without treatment but the severe cases are cured with prescription medication that kill the mites. Creams and lotion are the most effective treatment. To control the itching especially in the night, antihistamine pills or hydrocortisone cream maybe prescribed.
· Slapped cheek syndrome
Slapped cheek syndrome is an infectious rash that affects young children. It is characterized by a bright red rash on the cheeks. In most cases, it his condition passes without treatment but severe cases are treated with Antihistamines, creams or painkillers.
Acne is common in adolescence. It is caused by hormonal imbalance in children as they get to puberty. It can worsen if the child is stressed or fails to maintain hygiene or has unhealthy diet. There are plenty of treatment that can control acne in children such as acne extraction, chemical peels, oral and topical medications.
A birthmark is a congenital benign irregularity apparent at birth or may appear shortly after birth. It can occur anywhere on the skin. Most birthmarks are harmless and do not require treatment. Some even fade with time while others such as port wine stains are permanent. In some cases, a birthmark can be treated for medical reasons, for example a haemangioma that blocks the airways or one that affects vision. You can also opt to treat a birthmark for medical reasons. Vbeam laser is effective in treating birthmarks. It emits intense light that destroys the blood vessels of the birthmark without harming the surrounding skin. Plastic surgery can also be used to treat complicated birthmarks.
Unlike adults, children typically cannot say what is bothering them. A professional dermatologist knows how to examine and treat children in a way that makes them feel comfortable. If your child has a disease that affects the skin, nails or hair, call us to set up an appointment today. We specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of children including newborns, infants and young adults.
Our dermatologists have extensive knowledge in the field of pediatric dermatology and can treat most skin conditions that affect children. We use advanced therapeutic and diagnostic services with up to date technology and provide customized care and treatment plans to best treat your child. We are fully dedicated to providing a confidential and comfortable environment for you to discuss all your child’s health concerns and goals.
We take skin health very serious. Whatever condition your child maybe suffering from, our experienced team of dermatologists can address both rare and common skin disorders while making your child feel as comfortable as possible during the visit.
If you have any questions about the appearance of your child’s skin or infections, contact us today to schedule an appointment and you can be assured that your child will receive the best possible care.
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