Childrens Dermatology

Children’s dermatology

If skin problems are affecting you child, then then our Harley Street London Dermatology Clinics are here to help you. We know that an unhappy and cranky child can give parents sleepless nights.
All our consultants are trained in pediatric dermatology and provide excellent treatment for your child’s skin disease. Now there is no need for your child to suffer due to skin problems, we are here to improve their life and solve your problems. Many conditions are found in children and not in adults. Hence, treatments also vary depending on the age of your child, as they need to be handled with care.
The most common skin problems that children face are:

  • Acne
  • Acute and chronic skin eruptions
  • Bacterial and viral skin infections
  • Burns
  • Birth marks
  • Eczema
  • Genetic skin conditions like albinism, ichthyosis
  • Hair loss
  • Vascular malformations
  • Hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating)
  • Nevi (moles)
  • Molluscum Psoriasis
  • Scabies
  • Tinea capitis and tinea corporis (ringworm)
  • Vascular birthmarks and malformations
  • Pigmentary disorders like vitiligo
  • Warts
  • Wounds

Eczema Is a Common Ailment in children
Eczema or atopic dermatitis is the most condition seen in children. It occurs in nearly one in five children. If in such condition, they swim in chlorinated pools, it might irritate their skin more. But if certain precautions are taken, their eczema should be fine.

Acne in children
Acne is a common disorder seen in kids and teenagers nearing puberty. It is a disorder of the hair follicles and sebaceous glands. In acne, sebaceous glands get clogged leading to pimples and cysts mostly on face, chest, upper back, shoulder, neck. Our dermatologist will determine the treatment based on your child’s age, overall health, severity of acne, child’s tolerance for medications.

Scabies in children
Scabies is commonly prevalent in children and is caused by skin infestation of tiny mites called Sarcoptes scabiei. These mites burrow in top layer of skin and lay their eggs causing itchy bumps and blisters. A child with scabies becomes extremely cranky as it causes lot of skin irritation. Infants and children can develop the rash on the scalp, palms, and soles of feet.

Warts in children
This is very common in children and almost affects 20% of children. Girls get more warts as compared to boys. Warts are contagious but not harmful. Warts embarrass children especially if they are on the soles of their feet. Hence, it is parent’s responsibility to prevent them and if already present then give proper medications.

Moles in children
Most moles in children are not that serious and mostly present due to cosmetic allergies. However, they can undergo changes to become malignant.

Ringworm has nothing to do with worms, but caused by tinea fungi called dermatophytes. The fungus infests child’s skin and spreads out in rings. The centre of ring may clear up and new ring of infection develops at corner of old ring.

Tests to be done:
Our doctors might suggest various examinations, biopsies and blood testing to confirm the severity of disease. In some cases, dermatologist might recommend skin scrape or biopsy that can be done on the same day.

If our dermatologist feels the necessity of surgery, it might be take place on same day or can be scheduled. Our dermatologist will discuss whether a local or general anesthesia is best option. Children undergoing surgeries have the option to watch videos or listen to music so that they can be as comfortable and secure as possible.
Other dermatology services: Apart from treatments and surgeries, we also provide other services like:

  • Nerve relaxants for excessive perspiration
  • Pulsed dye laser therapy

Hence, with many treatments available to treat skin diseases, its parent’s responsibility to be more aware and free your child from discomfort caused by it.

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