If your child’s skin is frequently dry, itchy, or red, they may have a skin condition – including acne, rashes, or eczema – that needs treatment. At Primary Care Pediatrics in Wellesley, Massachusetts, Dr. Eugenia Marcus offers comprehensive diagnosis and treatment of common pediatric skin conditions. Schedule a consultation online or by phone to learn about available skin treatments.
A variety of rashes and other skin conditions, like eczema and acne, are common in children. Their symptoms often mimic each other, and it is important that your child sees Dr. Marcus as early as possible for a proper diagnosis.
Some conditions, like impetigo and ringworm, are highly contagious and can easily spread to others without prompt treatment.
Rashes can appear on the skin in various forms and areas of the body. Dr. Marcus performs a physical exam to determine what kind of rash your child has. If a visual exam isn’t enough, she may request additional testing, including bloodwork, to reach a diagnosis.
Dr. Marcus creates a treatment plan to resolve symptoms of your child’s specific condition. If a bacterial infection is the cause, Dr. Marcus may prescribe antibiotics in addition to topical creams or ointments. She also establishes follow-up visits to monitor your child’s skin health and the effectiveness of treatment.
Eczema is a common skin disorder that affects children, especially in the first few months of your child’s life. The condition causes the skin to become itchy, red, and inflamed. There is no known cause for eczema, but genetics and environmental factors are the main triggers of eczema outbreaks.
Dr. Marcus can diagnose eczema through a physical examination and a review of symptoms. Although a cure for eczema has not been found, you can manage symptoms effectively using topical medications or light therapy. Dr. Marcus can also offer guidance for avoiding allergens that can trigger eczema complications.
Acne affects many children, often starting after the age of 11. This skin condition results due to a buildup of oil and dead skin cells in hair follicles underneath the skin. When bacteria enter the pores, pimples form on the surface of the skin. These pimples can become red and swollen, and may even be painful.
Hormonal changes during puberty can trigger the development of acne. It commonly appears on several areas of the body, including:
If acne is moderate to severe and causing your child pain or reduced self-confidence, Dr. Marcus can provide prescription medications to reduce the appearance of pimples and lessen the severity of skin inflammation and redness.
Book an appointment with Dr. Marcus online or by calling Primary Care Pediatrics directly.