Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Common Skin Problems in Children

Skin problems in children can be worrisome, but most often treatable. Below are the most common skin conditions seen in children.

Eczema is one of the most common skin problems in infants and young children.  Eczema skin can become red, inflamed and most of all itchy.  It is important to take appropriate measures to keep the skin hydrated and to use gentle products such as Cetaphil Cream and Soap. Often times, in moderate to severe cases of eczema prescription medications and antihistamines are needed to keep the condition stable.  Fortunately, it is a condition that most children will grow out of.

Keratosis Pilaris “KP” is another common skin condition that causes red raised bumps on the backs of the arms, thighs and often cheeks.  It is a genetic condition where the hair follicles get plugged. Most children will outgrow this condition but not all.  The appearance of the bumps can be improved with prescription creams.

Molluscum Contagiosum are part of the wart family. Generally, they look like white bumps which a divot in the center.  These growths are harmless, but are highly contagious and will spread if left untreated. Treatment includes liquid nitrogen therapy canthacur treatments and topical prescription medications.

Warts: are viral infections, where the skin reacts to form a firm, skin colored growth. Warts are contagious and can be transferred by direct contact with an infected person. Warts can occur anywhere on the body and affect all age groups but are very common in children. Here at FSC we offer a variety of treatments to get treat warts.

Perioral Dermatits is a skin condition that develops around the nose and mouth of children.  It appears as tiny red bumps and discoloration that resemble acne. The exact cause is unknown but it can easily be treated with prescription medications.

Every year, Dr. Badia and her staff hold their annual Dermatology from the Heart event where over 100 children are treated free of charge by Dr. Badia and her staff.  We will keep you posted as this event gets closer.