Because their bodies and immune systems are still developing, children are often susceptible to skin conditions that do not appear as commonly in adulthood. While these skin problems can be painful or uncomfortable, they are generally easily treated by a dermatologist. Below is a look at some of the most frequently occurring pediatric dermatology conditions and their treatment options.
- Warts: Warts are skin-toned or darkened bumps on the skin that are generally found on the hands and feet. While these growths are non-cancerous, they are contagious and easily spread. Some warts disappear on their own while others are persistent, painful and embarrassing for children. For treatment, visit your dermatologist. He or she may recommend burning, freezing, or the application of topical medication as a treatment for warts.
- Eczema: Children and adults may both suffer from eczema, but the condition is more common in children. Eczema is an itchy, sometimes painful skin rash that causes the skin to become bumpy, red or raised. The skin may also become dry and blistered when a severe breakout occurs. Children with eczema usually outgrow it, with outbreaks occurring only when the skin is exposed to an irritant. When a rash does appear, it is important to prevent your child from scratching it. See your dermatologist to get topical skin creams that will relieve itching, and cut your child’s fingernails short to discourage scratching.
- Hives: A breakout of hives is the result of an allergic reaction. The allergen could be an inhaled irritant like pollen, a type of food, or something exposed directly to the skin. In these cases, antihistamines can provide relief to the red, itchy rash. You may want to consult a dermatologist if hives are a consistent problem for your child for more information about available topical treatments. Visiting an allergist could also be beneficial for pinpointing rash triggers.
For more information about treating pediatric skin problems, contact the dermatologists at Advanced Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery today. Our doctors can assist you with all of your cosmetic or clinical skincare needs. Immediate appointments are available at one of our Tampa offices. To locate an office or doctor near you, please visit Advanced Dermatology online or call us today at (866) 400-3376.