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Pediatric Dermatology

photo of baby with eczema | Georgia Dermatology Center | Cumming, GAPediatric dermatology is a branch of medicine that diagnoses and treats skin problems that are common in children. Your child’s skin is beautiful, but just as susceptible to skin problems as an adults.Birthmarks, moles, rashes, warts and even acne are common conditions often seen by Georgia Dermatology Center. Dr. Gross takes special interest in diagnosing pediatric skin conditions. He networks with his neonatal and pediatric colleagues here on the Northside Forsyth Hospital and Medical Campus.

Parents in the North Atlanta, Georgia area can turn to the Georgia Dermatology Center to treat the skin conditions of their children and young teens.

Some of the skin problems that affect children and young teens are:

Allergic Dermatitis

This type of eczema comes from the skin coming into contact with something that irritates the child’s skin. It can also be something that the child is allergic to. These irritants or allergens can be anything from different foods, soaps, lotions, plants, medicines or latex.The signs and symptoms include dry, red, irritated patches of skin that in more serious cases may crack, become raw appearing, and bleed. You may notice the child scratching at the offending area or the child may complain of the area hurting. There are many treatment options available.

Eczema

Eczema is a common skin condition in children. Eczema can begin in infancy (infantile eczema). Eczema with infancy, appear as dry, itchy patches found on the scalp, forehead, and face (most notably on the cheeks). Most infants outgrow eczema by two or three years of age. However, if the condition persists, the childhood phase of eczema begins. Later in the childhood years, eczema is known to form more commonly inside the elbows and behind the knees. These are usually red, sometimes scaly patches. In more severe cases, the skin may crack, bleed, and weep. When eczema develops in infancy or childhood, the child tends to get better with time. There are treatment options available for eczema.

Cradle Cap

“Cradle Cap” is also known as seborrheic dermatitis. Seborrheic dermatitis is another skin condition that affects people of all ages. It occurs most often in infants and older adults. In infants, seborrheic dermatitis may be present as red dry white flakes or yellow scaly patches on the face, mainly on the eyebrows, and folds of the cheeks. The most commonly known is cradle cap. This is usually found on the scalp. In less severe cases, it may present in white flakes or scales, in more severe cases, the skin may be greasy with thick, yellow scale. Treatment options are available for seborrheic dermatitis or cradle cap.

Diaper Rash

There are many names for diaper rash, but it is a form of eczema. Diaper rash or irritant diaper dermatitis is a rash that appears in the diaper area. It is very common in infants and toddlers, especially as they are introduced to solid foods. It may appear as a patchwork of inflamed, bright, red skin in one area or all over. In more severe cases, the skin may be raw appearing with cracks, blisters, and bleeding. There are many causes of diaper rash, but very treatable.

  • Friction
  • Irritation
  • Candida infection, also known as a yeast infection.
  • Allergic reaction

A diaper rash usually resolves within a few days. If the rash lasts longer than a week, the child becomes irritable, showing signs of sickness and distressful, this may be symptoms of something more severe than a common diaper rash. This would prompt an immediate medical visit to either the pediatrician or dermatologist to rule out and treat any serious infections.

Warts

Warts are caused by a contagious particle (human papillomavirus). Warts are easily spread from skin to skin contact or by touching something (inanimate object) that contains the contagious particle. Warts are very common in children.

There are several types of warts, but the most common among children are the common warts and plantar warts.

Common warts are usually found on the fingers, hands, and knees. These can produce anywhere on the skin, including the face and lips. It is not recommended to bite, pick, shave, or scratch warts to prevent spreading them to other parts of the body. There are several treatment options available.

Plantar warts are found on the soles of the feet. Plantar is the medical term for the sole of the foot. These warts are known to spread and grow quickly. They can be uncomfortable when walking or running. Treatment options are available, however plantar warts can be more difficult to treat due to the location, size of the wart, and how many warts are affecting the foot.

ACNE

Acne is a very common skin condition that affects most people sometime in their life. Acne can be present at birth and reappear in the preteen years through adolescence and adulthood. There are many forms of acne and many treatment options available.

Though some of these skin conditions can be disconcerting, they are easy to treat if they’re seen to promptly. For questions or a consultation in regards to pediatric dermatology, residents of the Atlanta area should call the Georgia Dermatology Center.

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Though some of these skin conditions can be disconcerting, they are easy to treat if they’re seen to promptly. For questions or a consultation in regards to pediatric dermatology, residents of the Atlanta area including Alpharetta, Roswell, Canto, Johns Creek, Milton, Suwanee, Duluth and others should call the Georgia Dermatology Center in Cumming, GA.

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