Pediatric Skin Conditions

Most skin conditions are not specific to children or adults but some are more common for children. The following skin conditions are some commonly seen in children here at Seattle Skin and Laser.

Molluscum contagiosum is a common skin condition caused by a virus. Molluscum looks like pink or flesh like bumps appearing anywhere on the skin. They are very common among young children because they are easily spread from person to person. Treatments include: Cryotherapy (liquid nitrogen), Cantheradin( beetle juice), Curetting (cutting out), and other topical solutions. The other option is not to treat as they may resolve on there own.

Atopic Dermatitis and Eczema are common among people of all ages but often time starts as children. Some people grow out of it and others condition continues through adulthood. When treating Eczema in children education on management is a key part of controlling the condition. Our providers offer tips and tricks for bathing, moisturizing and how to safely incorporate medications.

Warts are benign (not cancerous) skin growths that appear when a virus infects the top layer of the skin. Viruses that cause warts are called human papillomavirus (HPV). You are more likely to get one of these viruses if you cut or damage your skin in some way.

Wart viruses are contagious. Warts can spread by contact with the wart or something that touched the wart.

Congenital nevus is a type of nevus (or mole) found in infants at birth or the first 2 years of life. This type of birthmark occurs in an estimated 1% of infants worldwide; it is located in the area of the head and neck 15% of the time.

Congenital nevi have been a source of concern for many parents due to the small percentage that become malignant. Malginancies in congential nevi make up such a small percentage of congenital nevi, usually are when they are classified as “Giant”. Congenital nevi greater than 20cm are considered to be “Giant”.

Standard ABCDE apply, see page for detailed information on the signs of change.

Teenage Acne– Its no secret that Acne is a adolescent concern and although it is very common and often improves on its own when you enter adulthood for many acne can cause phycological and physical damage that last for life. For people that have severe and/or scarring acne treatment is often a must to diminish the likely hood of long term effects.

Treatments of Acne:
– Topical Creams/Gels
– Oral Antibiotics
– Oral medications such as Accutane and Spironolactone
– Chemical Peels
– Acne extraction

Everyone responds differently to treatments so what worked for a friend or family memeber may not work for you.

Our providers talk with patients to address each persons individual needs and develop a treatment plan that will best fit your life style and needs.