In recent decades, we have learned a great deal about the skin conditions that affect children, including the role of genetics in many of the common diseases, as well as their treatment. The diseases that affect children’s skin may also affect adults, but may vary significantly in several respects. What this means is that infants and young children should not be treated in the same way as older children and adults.
Our dermatologist at Washington Dermatology Consultants sees how your child differs from adult patients. The treatments designed for pediatric patients, even for common skin conditions like warts, eczema, and acne, will be based on the child’s age and stage of development. For instance, a young child may not likely receive wart treatment that includes freezing, which can be uncomfortable and frightening. Instead, topical ointment may be far more effective.
Several conditions fall into the area of pediatric dermatology, including:
- Molluscum contagiosum
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Acne is most commonly seen as a problem for the teen years. In truth, people of all ages can be affected by acne. Acne may not be a problem that poses a significant risk to health, but it can have a detrimental impact on the developing adult. Teens are, by nature, absorbed in their appearance. The experience of persistent acne can significantly decrease a young person’s sense of self-esteem, even leading to social isolation due to embarrassment. On both a physical and emotional level, acne can produce lasting scars.
At Washington Dermatology Consultants, we help acne patients from Arlington and surrounding areas clear existing acne, diminish the risk of scarring, and maintain healthy, clear skin through home care. The plan formulated for the young patient considers the various aspects of their lifestyle, treatment preferences, and personal goals. The care put into treatment planning for the teen acne patient facilitates not only the clearing of skin but also minimizes any disruption to an already challenging stage of life.
Eczema, also known as atopic dermatitis, can affect anyone of any age. Babies and younger children may experience eczema in a slightly different way than older children and adults. Our skilled dermatologist can recognize the signs of eczema in your child and design treatment based on the location of the condition, its severity, and your child’s age.
Molluscum contagiosum and warts are infections that appear as small growths. These growths are contagious and should be treated professionally. Like other conditions, these viral infections are treated based on their location and the child’s developmental stage.
The team at Washington Dermatology Consultants offers treatments for skin, hair, and nail disorders in patients of all ages. Contact us in Arlington or Stafford for your consultation with an experienced, board-certified dermatologist.