Pediatric dermatology is a subspecialty in which the doctor treats skin, hair, and nail disorders affecting patients ranging from newborns to teenagers. Our pediatric dermatologist can treat a variety of conditions and perform various procedures and treatments.
What are Warts?
Warts are small benign growths that usually develop on the hands and/or feet. They are caused by the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) and are very contagious. They can spread from person to person or from one part of the body to another. They can also grow bigger or multiply. In rare cases, a wart can become cancerous. Warts should, therefore, be treated.
There are several types of warts. Common warts are the dome-shaped and rough-textured variety most commonly seen in children. Plantar warts grow on the feet and look like calluses or corns. They can be painful, simply because the patient’s body weight is pushing them into the skin. A cluster of plantar warts is sometimes called a “mosaic wart.” Flat warts are usually tiny – about the size of a pinhead – and they can be yellow, pink, or light brown. They generally develop on the patient’s face or legs.
What About Acne?
Acne is the skin problem most commonly treated by dermatologists. As there are several types of acne, there are many different treatments for it. The dermatologist will, thus, choose the treatment or treatments best suited to your child’s acne.
When Should Somebody with Acne See a Dermatologist?
Mild cases of acne may be treated at home with an over-the-counter product. Such products can take about four to six weeks to clear up the acne. If the acne lasts longer than that, or the products stop working, it’s time to bring your child in to see our pediatric dermatologist.
Severe forms of acne like cystic acne should always be examined by a pediatric dermatologist. Over-the-counter treatments do not work on severe acne, which can also leave nasty scars. Fortunately, we offer procedures for reducing acne and the resulting scars.