What does a pediatric dermatologist do?

Pediatric dermatologists offer services like:
  • diagnosis of skin conditions such as ringworm, hair loss, bacterial and viral skin infections, fungus, moles, rashes, acne, eczema, psoriasis, hives, warts, growths, birthmarks and congenital skin disorders
  • prescriptions to treat skin conditions
  • surgical treatment of skin conditions like warts or cysts
  • skin biopsies
Pediatric dermatologists are trained to consider kids' special needs and help them feel comfortable as they examine and treat them. Their waiting and exam rooms and medical equipment are kid friendly, featuring televisions, toys, books and more.

And because kids can't always answer medical questions or say what's bothering them during an exam, a pediatric dermatologist is trained to help figure out what's going on. She can teach parents about treatment options. And, with children who are old enough, she can instruct them on how to deal with the condition.

This content originally appeared on HealthyWomen.org.

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