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By Santa Monica Dermatology Group
April 10, 2020
Category: Dematology
Tags: Fungal Infection  

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.

By Santa Monica Dermatology Group
August 07, 2018
Category: Dematology
Tags: Laser  

Find out what options you have for reducing and even eliminating the appearance of scars.scars

While some people believe that their scars are a badge of honor or tell a great story, there are others who aren’t as happy with their scars. Whether you had a terrible accident or suffer from embarrassing acne scars, at Santa Monica Dermatology Group, your dermatologist in Santa Monica has the best tools and techniques to treat your scars and improve the appearance of your skin. Find out what options are available to you:

Creams or Gels

In the case of small, superficial scars caused by an injury, sometimes all that’s needed is an over-the-counter or prescription cream. Sometimes after cosmetic surgery, there is a slight scar, which could be improved by using scar ointment regularly. Sometimes these creams contain steroids or antihistamines to help reduce the appearance of your scar. If you have more severe scarring caused by acne or other issues then talk to our Santa Monica Dermatology Group skin doctors about whether these simple products will work for you.

Injections

If you have scars that are raised, such as keloid scars, then getting steroid injections could lessen their appearance. Sometimes injections are also used in conjunction with other treatment options like creams, or it might be used on its own.

Laser Treatment

Sometimes laser skin resurfacing offers amazing results for those dealing with scars caused by acne. The laser is directed over the skin to remove the outermost surface and to stimulate the growth of collagen to improve skin’s tightness and elasticity. As a result, the skin that heals is smoother and the scars are greatly reduced. There are several types of laser treatments from which to choose to treat scarring so be sure to ask your cosmetic dermatologist for advice.

Surgery

If you are dealing with deep scars there are several kinds of treatments available. While some procedures like dermabrasion may work, we may also recommend skin grafting or scar removal. For patients with burn scars, skin grafting is a popular treatment option. By removing healthy skin from other areas of the body and stitching it over the scar tissue we can improve the appearance of your skin. If scaring is so severe that it affects how certain muscles function surgery can also be used to repair this issue and restore function.

If you are tired of feeling self-conscious about your scar then it’s time you talked to your Santa Monica Dermatology Group dermatologist about scar removal options. Through an evaluation, we can determine which treatment will best meet your needs.