Almost every teenager has some form of acne, and there are many ways to control it. Not all treatments work for everyone, so it’s imperative to work with an experienced dermatologist who can recommend the best course of action for your child’s skin. Common treatment modalities include topical medication, antibiotics or other oral medication, laser or light therapy and, in some cases, chemical peels. Tayani Institute also offers a number of skin care products.
Rashes, or areas of reddening of the skin, come in a variety of forms, ranging from atopic dermatitis to “Christmas tree rash” to drug rash to shingles. Treatment will depend on the type and severity of the rash.
Skin allergies or irritations can be caused by any number of factors, including heat, an immune system disorder, medication, food or an infection. If your child has an allergic reaction, it could manifest itself in the form of eczema, hives or angioedema (swelling of the deep layers of the skin).
Nearly every child has moles around his or her body, and they generally should not be a cause for concern. However, there are certain types of moles that should be attended to by a dermatologist: those that itch, bleed, look different than other moles or are significantly oversized.
Warts are skin growths caused by a virus (human papillomavirus) that infects the top layer of the skin. They are contagious and can grow on any area of your child’s body. There are several types of warts, some of which go away without treatment. If at-home treatment does not work on your child’s wart(s), our dermatologist can either freeze, burn or excise it.
Dermatitis is an inflammation of the skin, caused by direct irritation by an external agent or an allergic reaction. It is common in children, often appearing within the first year of a child’s life. Dermatitis typically is not life-threatening or contagious, but it can be uncomfortable and cause your child to scratch him/herself constantly. Treatments depend on the cause; options include topical corticosteroid creams, wet compresses, immune suppressants and — in some cases — anti-depressants or anti-anxiety medications.
Mole mapping is a method for our dermatologists to track the appearance of any pigmented lesions your child has, and to determine whether the lesions have changed in size, shape or color. This is critical because a change could indicate a heightened risk of melanoma.
Annual Skin Checks
Skin cancer is the most common kind of cancer in the world; in the United States alone, more than 2 million cases will be diagnosed this year. Early diagnosis improves the chances of successful intervention. We recommend that you schedule an annual skin check for your child to catch any signs of skin cancer.