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When should my child see a pediatric dermatologist?

Your child should see a pediatric dermatologist if:
  • Your child was born with a skin abnormality like a birthmark or wart. A specialist can make sure it doesn't get infected, cancerous or harmful.
  • Your pediatrician doesn't know what to do about a lump, rash or acne outbreak. She may have diagnosed the issue and prescribed medication, but if the problem recurs or the treatment isn't working, a pediatric dermatologist can ensure that the condition gets treated correctly.
  • Your child has a recurring or serious skin problem. It's serious if it changes rapidly in size, color, shape or texture. It's also serious if it keeps returning, is itchy or could come from an allergic reaction.
This content originally appeared on HealthyWomen.org.
Your child should see a pediatric dermatologist if he or she has a severe or unusual skin problem that his or her healthcare provider or a general dermatologist cannot diagnose. Since there are very few pediatric dermatologists, it is likely that you will be referred to a general dermatologist. If that doctor is also stumped, then a referral to a pediatric dermatologist may be necessary.

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