Dermatological Needs

Pediatric Care located in Midlothian, VA


Dermatological Needs services offered in Midlothian, VA

Skin health is vital at every age, but children can have a tough time with conditions that mar the appearance or comfort of their skin. That’s why the pediatric specialists at Chesterfield Pediatrics offer a range of dermatological treatments at their comfortable and welcoming office in Midlothian, Virginia. If your child has dermatological needs, booking a visit to Chesterfield Pediatrics takes just moments. Simply call the office or request an appointment online today.

Dermatological Needs Q&A

What are some pediatric dermatological needs?

The skin is the body’s largest organ. Children can experience several skin issues, so finding relief is often a top priority for parents.

The skin issues your child could encounter include:

  • Eczema
  • Psoriasis
  • Rash
  • Poison ivy, oak, or sumac
  • Abrasions and lacerations
  • Warts 
  • Hives
  • Acne

These are just a few of the dermatologic issues your child could develop. Fortunately, patients at Chesterfield Pediatrics can rely on a team of skilled pediatricians for prompt diagnosis and treatment.

How are dermatological needs like acne or eczema treated?

Your child’s pediatrician performs a thorough skin assessment. Once they determine the source of symptoms, a customized treatment plan follows.

Eczema is characterized by itching, dry skin. In children, eczema usually looks like a red, scaly, and sometimes bumpy rash, often on the cheeks, scalp, or forehead. Eczema can be caused by an abnormal immune reaction.

Treatments include topical creams and topical corticosteroid medication. Oral medication can help kids who experience severe itching. At-home methods like wet wraps can sometimes ease symptoms.

Acne develops when your follicles become clogged with a hardened mix of oil, dead skin cells, and other debris. Bacteria multiply beneath the clogged hair follicle, creating swelling and discomfort.

Acne is most common during the teenage years. Oral medication can help, but topical creams and ointments are usually tried before oral medications to avoid side effects. Light therapy can also help reduce acne.

What happens during wart removal?

A specific viral infection causes warts, and the virus can pass from one person to the next through simple skin-to-skin contact. When left untreated, some warts will eventually go away on their own. Removal is often the best approach when kids have a large, painful, or unsightly wart.

Several wart removal treatments are available. Topical medication is a great place to begin and works by using salicylic acid to slough off the affected tissue. An application of liquid nitrogen freezes the wart without harming the surrounding skin. 

Surgical removal is also an option. Your pediatrician is likely to try other approaches before suggesting this minor surgery.

Call Chesterfield Pediatrics to schedule a visit if you have additional questions or concerns about dermatology needs. Online booking is available and takes just a few clicks to complete.