Advanced Medical and Surgical Treatments for Pediatric Skin Conditions
If your child is experiencing a rash, an allergic reaction, acne, eczema or another dermatologic condition, Loyola Medicine’s experienced pediatric dermatology team can provide comprehensive care and put children at ease. The board-certified pediatric dermatologists at Loyola treat both common and uncommon dermatologic conditions in children.
Loyola’s expert pediatric dermatology team recognizes the unique needs of infants, children and adolescents with pediatric and congenital skin conditions. These conditions include:
- Keratosis pilaris
- Melanoma (skin cancer)
- Port wine stains and other capillary malformations
- Skin infections
- Skin manifestations of rheumatologic disorders
- Warts, molluscum and viruses
Our team offers individualized, advanced treatment in a warm and caring setting while working closely with parents to fully understand your child’s medical history and problem. We will provide you with information based on the latest research to help you manage your child’s condition.
Why Choose Loyola for Pediatric Dermatology?
Loyola is committed to the compassionate diagnosis and care of our youngest patients with dermatologic conditions. Loyola’s pediatric dermatology team understands the unique needs of children and use the most advanced, proven medical and surgical treatments for all kinds of skin conditions.
Loyola’s pediatric dermatology team is specially trained in the treatment of children and provides care in a compassionate, family-friendly environment. We welcome families to be involved in all aspects of diagnosis, treatment and recovery; they are available to answer any questions and address any concerns you might have.
At Loyola, we understand the importance of continuity of care and we will provide seamless communication with your child’s pediatrician through our secure medical information portal, LoyolaConnect. You can also access results from your child’s lab tests and evaluations through myLoyola.
How are Pediatric Dermatologic Conditions Diagnosed?
Children with dermatologic problems such as eczema may complain of itchy, dry skin. Other children may have moles, warts or birthmarks and some may exhibit a dermatologic response to an allergen. In order to determine and understand the cause of your child’s symptoms, your child’s dermatologist will begin with a physical exam and a complete medical history of your child and your family.
Making a correct diagnosis is a crucial first step in addressing any skin problem, whether it’s an allergy, bacterial or fungal infection, or some other problem of the skin. At Loyola, our child’s dermatologist may recommend the following tests to understand your child’s condition more fully:
- Patch testing
- Skin biopsy
How are Pediatric Dermatologic Conditions Treated?
Loyola’s pediatric dermatologists treat a full range of skin conditions. Treatment often involves moisturizers, prescription skin creams and ointments, such as hydrocortisone. The following non-invasive treatments are often the first line of treatment for skin conditions:
- Gentle skin care routine
- Prescription creams and ointments
- Retinoid creams
- Stress management
- Ultraviolet light therapy
- Vitamin D creams
For more serious conditions, your Loyola dermatologist may recommend surgical and laser treatments, which can include:
- Excision of atypical moles
- Laser therapy for port wine stain
- Treatment of strawberry birthmarks with medicine or laser
- Wart removal
Laser treatments are performed on an outpatient basis and don’t require a surgical incision. This is usually less painful than surgery and requires very little recovery time.
Ongoing Research to Improve Pediatric Dermatology Treatments
The pediatric dermatologists at Loyola frequently engage in research and are focused on improving treatments of hard-to-treat skin conditions in children.