How your dermatologists in Santa Monica, CA, can help when your child has a skin condition
Skin conditions are common for children. If your child has a skin condition, it can be uncomfortable and embarrassing for your child. A pediatric dermatologist can help. The dermatologists at Santa Monica Dermatology Group in Santa Monica, CA, provide a wide range of skincare services, including treatment of skin conditions in children.
Let’s look at some common children’s skin conditions:
Allergic rashes to substances including poison ivy and other allergens. Allergic rashes can be treated with antihistamine and corticosteroid medication to reduce itching.
Birthmarks, including port wine stains and others. Birthmarks can be minimized using laser treatment to fade the birthmark.
Diaper rash, caused by continuous moisture on your baby’s skin. Diaper rash is treated with antihistamine and anti-itch medications, and other palliative treatments to help your baby be more comfortable.
Eczema, caused by exposure to chemicals, genetics, and other causes. Eczema is treated with antihistamine medication, anti-inflammatory medication, and light therapy to fade patches.
Psoriasis, which is an autoimmune condition causing the body producing excess skin cells, which develop into scaly, itchy patches. Psoriasis can be treated with topical corticosteroid medications to reduce itching, and laser treatment to reduce scaly patches.
Warts, caused by exposure to a virus, producing a hard bump on the feet, hands, or other areas. Warts can be removed by freezing, or with laser treatment to kill the virus causing the warts.
Acne, caused by bacteria, dirt, and debris clogging pores. Acne can also be caused by hormonal changes during puberty. Acne can be treated with benzoyl peroxide products, laser therapy to kill bacteria, or tretinoin, for severe acne.
These are some of the most common skin conditions in children. You should bring your child to visit the pediatric dermatologist if your child has:
- A skin condition that is getting worse
- A skin condition resulting from an autoimmune disorder, like psoriasis
- Blemishes that are changing in color, size, or shape
- Sores or open cuts that are not healing
Your pediatric dermatologist can answer any questions you have about your child’s skin condition. You don’t have to manage it by yourself. To learn more about common skin conditions in children and how they are treated, talk with the experts. Call the dermatologists of Santa Monica Dermatology Group in Santa Monica, CA, at (310) 829-4484. Call today.