Birthmarks such as congential nevi are benign pigmented patches of skin that can range in color from light tan to dark brown to red, pink or purple and are present at birth. Although, most birthmarks are harmless, patients may be bothered by the appearance, and eventually seek treatment to have them removed. To learn more about different types of birthmarks, click here: www.aad.org
Eczema is a term for a group of medical conditions that cause the skin to become inflamed or irritated. Eczema affects about 10% to 20% of infants. Most infants who develop the condition outgrow it by their tenth birthday, while some may continue with lifelong symptoms. With proper treatment the disease can be controlled. To learn more about eczema, click here: www.aad.org
Diaper dermatitis (diaper rash) is a common skin inflammation that appears as red splotches on your baby’s bottom. It is typically associated with diapers that are not changed frequently and diarrhea. Some babies develop diaper rashes as a result of changes in diet or taking antibiotics. If the problem persists, there are many treatment regimes that will improve these persistent cases. Here at Carlisle Dermatology Group, our staff will work with you to help understand the cause and begin proper steps to improve your child’s health.
HEMANGIOMAS OF INFANCY
Hemangiomas are a type of birthmark that occur in about 10% of children. They are the most common tumors of infancy and usually are medically insignificant. The vast majority of infantile hemangiomas do not require any medical or surgical intervention. Treatment options for clinically significant hemangiomas include laser surgery, surgical excision, and medication. For more information on about hemangioma, click here: www.hemangiomatreatment.org
PORT WINE STAINS
Port wine stains (PWS) are found in approximately 0.3% of births and occur as often in males as in females. These types of birthmarks may cause disfiguring purple discoloration anywhere on the body but more commonly on the face. Laser treatments may be effective on these areas to reduce the amount of pooling and discolorations. For more information about PWS, click here: www.birthmark.org
Warts are a very common growth that usually appear on the skin of the hands, feet, knees, or elbows of children and young adults, however they may appear everywhere and affect all age groups. They are contagious and may take as long as 12 months after exposure to appear. There is no way to prevent warts, but it’s always a good idea to wash your skin regularly and well. To learn more about warts, click here: www.aad.org
Molluscum contagiosum is a relatively common viral infection of the skin that results in round, firm, painless bumps ranging in size from a pinhead to a pencil eraser. If the bumps are scratched or injured, the infection can spreak to surrounding skin. Though this is the most common in children, particularly those with weakened immune systems, it can affect adults as well. If your child has been diagnosed with molluscum or has a wart-like bumps spreading on his or her skin, schedule an appointment for evaluation and safe, simple treatment.