Yes, even kids deal with skin issues. Here’s what you can do about it.
Skin problems don’t just affect teens and adults. In fact, babies and young children can also deal with a variety of dermatological conditions that our Santa Monica, CA, dermatologists can diagnose and treat when necessary. Here are the most common types of skin problems in children and how to handle them.
Viral Skin Infections
It is possible that your child’s skin problems are due to a viral infection. While some of these infections will go away on their own, others require immediate medical attention.
One of the most common types of viral skin rashes is known as pityriasis rosea, which is completely harmless and doesn’t usually require treatment. It causes mild red spots or patches on the trunk of the body that lasts several weeks and will go away once the body fights the infection.
However, if your child develops itchy or inflamed skin lesions or sores on their body, it’s important that you talk with your child’s dermatologist. The good news is that many of these infections such as measles and chickenpox can be prevented by getting your child vaccinated.
Parasitic Skin Infections
Many parasitic infections are contagious, making this type of infection more common among school-aged children. Common parasitic skin infections include scabies and lice. Common symptoms associated with scabies include severe itching, a small pustule-like rash and crusted skin. Lice tend to infect the scalp and may result in intense itching. Both can be treated with medication.
Fungus lives all around us, so it’s actually fairly easy to pick up a fungal infection. Common childhood fungal infections include tinea versicolor and ringworm. Tinea versicolor will cause dark or white patches of skin, typically on the chest or stomach. Ringworm often causes a red, circular raised lesion that itches. It’s also possible for children to develop fungal infections within the nails, which can lead to brittle, thickening or yellowing nails.
Sometimes red, itchy dry patches of skin may be caused by atopic dermatitis or eczema. Dermatitis is also responsible for diaper rash. Most children will grow out of this condition. In the meantime, it’s important to find out what triggers your child’s symptoms so you can avoid flare-ups. This is something that your dermatologist can help you determine.
If you are concerned about a worrisome rash or other skin problems your child is dealing with don’t hesitate to call Santa Monica Dermatology Group at (310) 829-4484 or book an appointment online.
Do you have a mole that catches on clothing or has started to look a little different lately? You may want to talk to the Santa Monica, CA, dermatologists at Santa Monica Dermatology Group about mole removal.
Reasons you may need your mole removed
Appearance issues often prompt people to remove their moles. If you feel self-conscious about a mole on your face, arms, neck, chest, legs or another conspicuous area, mole removal offers a quick, simple way to improve your appearance.
Moles located in inconvenient areas can become irritated if your clothing constantly rubs against them. Other moles may catch on jewelry or bleed when you shave your face or legs. Removing these moles can ease your discomfort.
Changes in moles may also warrant removal. A change in the mole's appearance may be a sign of skin cancer. Of course, a change in a mole doesn't absolutely mean you have cancer. Mole changes can be completely harmless or may occur due to precancerous or cancerous cells.
Make an appointment with your Santa Monica skin doctor if you notice any of these changes in a mole:
- The mole has irregular or blurred borders.
- One part of the mole is bigger than the other part.
- The color has changed. (Changes may occur in the entire mole or just one part of it.)
- Your mole is bigger than a pencil eraser.
- The mole hurts, bleeds, oozes or itches.
Ways to remove moles
Home removal of moles isn't recommended. Your dermatologist may send the mole removed to a laboratory for analysis. If your mole isn't biopsied, and you have skin cancer, you won't learn that you have the disease until it spreads.
You're more likely to notice scarring if you attempt a do-it-yourself mole removal. Dermatologists use special techniques to reduce scars when they remove moles.
Moles are commonly removed by one of these methods:
- Shaving: Your dermatologist uses a surgical blade to neatly shave the mole offer your skin.
- Laser Removal: Lasers are sometimes used to remove small, shallow moles.
- Surgical Excision: Excision is usually used for deeper moles. Your skin doctor removes the entire mole and the layer of fat underneath it. The skin is then closed with stitches.
Mole removal can protect your health, improve your appearance, or ease your discomfort. Call your dermatologists at Santa Monica Dermatology in Santa Monica, CA, at (310) 829-4484 to schedule your appointment.
How your dermatologists in Santa Monica, California can help your child.
Dermatology services are important for adults, but they can be just as important for children. The dermatologists at Santa Monica Dermatology Group in Santa Monica, California offer a wide range of skincare services for both adults and children too.
If you have a child with a skin condition, chances are you have a few questions about pediatric dermatology services. These are just a few of the frequently asked questions and answers about dermatology services for children:
What is a pediatric dermatology?
Pediatric dermatology treats newborns through teenagers who have skin conditions. Dermatologists typically treat children on an outpatient basis, but may occasionally need to see children in a hospital setting. Pediatric dermatology is a sub-specialty of dermatology.
How common are skin conditions in children?
In an article published in The Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology, it is stated that "up to 30 percent of pediatric primary care visits involve a skin-related problem."
What are some of the most common children’s skin conditions a dermatologist can treat?
There are several common skin conditions in children that can be treated effectively by a dermatologist. Rashes like poison ivy, hives, eczema, head lice, warts, moles, acne, and birthmarks are all very common skin conditions frequently seen by a dermatologist.
What types of procedures are performed by a pediatric dermatologist?
A pediatric dermatologist is skilled in all of the same procedures as a general dermatologist, but a pediatric dermatologist often has additional training in procedures more frequently performed on children. For example, a pediatric dermatologist may use lasers to treat birthmarks like port-wine stains, and can treat common skin conditions such as acne, rashes or allergic reactions.
These are just a few frequently asked questions and answers about pediatric dermatology. To find out more about how a pediatric dermatologist can help your child, call the dermatologists of Santa Monica Dermatology Group in Santa Monica, California at (310) 829-4484. Call today.
Fungi are organisms such as yeasts, molds, and mushrooms. While these organisms live in or on animals and plants, other types of fungi can live on people and cause all sorts of skin diseases. The most common fungal infections caused by fungi in children include scalp ringworm, body ringworm, and tinea versicolor.
If you think that your child has a fungal infection, you should visit one of the pediatric dermatology experts here in the Santa Monica Dermatology Group at Santa Monica, CA. After all, prompt diagnosis and treatment are vital for fungal infections, especially in children.
Common Fungal Infection Causes
Fungal infections could occur when a fungus attacks the skin’s outer layer, either on the body or the scalp. In most cases, fungi need unclean, moist, and warm skin to flourish. This means that you should encourage your children to practice proper hygiene habits to prevent developing a fungal infection. Kids can likewise catch a ringworm infection directly from the infected pet, person, or from the soil. In addition, they can catch fungal infections from clothing, combs, hats, or household items such as beddings and carpets among others.
How to Know If Your Child Has a Fungal Infection
See your pediatric dermatology doctor in Santa Monica, CA, if your child has the following symptoms:
- Body Ringworm – Symptoms include itchiness, oval or round flaky patches with slightly reddened and raised borders, and inflamed portions with oozing pus.
- Scalp Ringworm – Symptoms include itchy and scaly patches, one or several hairless patches, tiny blackish spots on the scalp, tender boggy areas, and short broken hairs.
- Tinea Versicolor – Symptoms include discolored skin patches on the upper arms, neck, chest, or back. The patches could be itchy, darker or lighter than the skin surrounding pale-colored or darker-colored skin, slightly flaky, and have well-defined edges. The patches could likewise be more visible after being exposed to the sun.
How to Treat Fungal Infections in Children
If your child has a fungal infection on the face or body, your doctor will prescribe an antifungal lotion or cream with antifungal ingredients such as clotrimazole, selenium sulfide, or ketoconazole. However, for widespread infections or those affecting the scalp, your child may be prescribed oral antifungal medication.
How to Prevent Fungal Infections in Children
The most common way that fungal infections spread is through direct contact with infected people and things. Teach your child to keep away from infected pets, people, or things, and get your precious pets checked up if you suspect that they have a fungal infection. Additionally, discourage your child from using other people’s things such as hats, combs, and jackets.
Get Rid of That Fungal Infection Today
Dial (310) 829-4484 to schedule a consultation with our pediatric dermatology specialist here in Santa Monica Dermatology Group in Santa Monica, CA.
From acne scars to sunspots, many of us deal with skin imperfections that would rather not have. Fortunately, there is a simple, non-invasive way to target and treat your specific skin problems for healthier and even younger-looking skin. It's called laser treatment, and here at our Santa Monica, CA, office, our dermatologists offer a few different varieties to help your skin look great. Here are some of the most popular laser procedures that we offer:
Intense Pulsed Light (IPL)
Also referred to as photofacial therapy, this treatment is great for reducing or removing varicose veins, broken blood vessels, and brown spots, as well as freckles, birthmarks, and redness due to rosacea. When the IPL is directed over the skin it penetrates into the dermis, where the pigmented cells absorb the light’s heat and break apart.
IPL treatment usually takes 20-30 minutes depending on what area or areas you wish to treat. This laser treatment may cause a slight stinging sensation. Most patients will require more than one treatment session in order to get results (most will undergo anywhere from 3-6 treatment sessions).
Laser Hair Removal
If you are tired of shaving, waxing, and plucking away unwanted hair, you may be looking for a permanent solution to reduce and even get rid of hair for good. Laser hair removal helps get rid of unwanted hair just about anywhere on the body or face. Patients most often treat their back, chest, upper lip, chin, and underarms with this laser treatment.
Laser hair removal can take anywhere from 20 minutes to more than one hour, depending on the area you wish to treat. Since hair grows in phases, our dermatologists will need to perform multiple sessions in order to remove all of the unwanted hair.
Non-Ablative Fractional Resurfacing
If you are dealing with scars, stretch marks, fine lines, wrinkles, or uneven skin tone, then non-ablative fractional resurfacing may be right for you. As the laser is directed over the skin, it removes old cells and stimulates the production of collagen to help tighten and firm up the skin while also smoothing away minor lines and wrinkles.
The procedure takes about 20 to 25 minutes and is completely non-invasive. As we mentioned above, it is normal to feel a slight pricking or stinging sensation during treatment. While you will see results right away, you will continue to see results over the next few months as new collagen is produced to help improve skin’s elasticity and tone.
Interested? Give Us a Call
If you want to talk to one of our Santa Monica, CA, cosmetic dermatologists about getting laser treatment to improve your appearance, the next step is to schedule a consultation to find out how we can best help you. Call Santa Monica Dermatology Group today at (310) 829-4484.
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