When your child has itching red skin, visible rashes, or growths, early intervention is important to ensure their skin remains healthy and comfortable. Jenn Kalisvaart, MD, FAAP, Kim Resleff, ARNP, and the team at Centennial Pediatrics of Spokane in Spokane, Washington, diagnose and treat numerous skin conditions that affect children. Call the pediatric clinic today if your child has symptoms of a skin condition.
Skin conditions are diseases that irritate or damage the skin. Untreated skin conditions can cause your child pain, itching, redness, and other uncomfortable symptoms. The sooner you seek treatment, the better the outcome. At Centennial Pediatrics of Spokane, the pediatric team diagnoses, treats, and manages numerous skin conditions in children.
Some of the most common skin conditions Centennial Pediatrics of Spokane addresses include:
Acne is an inflammatory disorder that affects 85% of people between the ages of 12 and 24. The condition causes red, tender bumps to appear on the skin. While anybody can get acne, it’s most common in teenagers, as the hormonal changes they experience can cause the sebaceous glands (glands that create oil in the skin) to overproduce sebum (oil).
Eczema is a chronic skin condition that causes red, itchy, dry patches of skin. It can develop anywhere but is most common on the elbows, back of the knees, and trunk of the body.
Rashes are irritated or inflamed skin that often develops in response to irritants, such as allergens, fragrances, or chemicals.
Psoriasis is an autoimmune disease that causes skin cells to accumulate, leading to red, scaly lesions. While children can develop any type, the most common is plaque psoriasis, which typically affects the scalp, knees, elbows, or back.
Warts are small growths that commonly affect children. These grainy growths are highly contagious and typically develop on the hands, knees, elbows, and feet.
Diaper rash is an area of redness and inflammation that causes discomfort in babies. Wet, infrequently changed diapers can lead to these sore, red rashes on your baby’s bottom.
Ringworm is a fungal infection that spreads through skin-to-skin contact. This red, circular rash is common in children, particularly around the scalp.
The best treatments for skin conditions depend on the type your child has. After a comprehensive skin evaluation, the team may recommend:
Trigger avoidance, such as limiting your child’s intake of certain foods and drinks, can also help minimize flare-ups for chronic skin conditions.
Call Centennial Pediatrics of Spokane today to learn more about skin conditions.