At the Dermatologic Surgery Center of Washington we are experienced in the diagnosis and treatment of a wide variety of pediatric dermatology conditions in patients as young as newborns. Among them are acne, impetigo, viral and fungal conditions of the hair, skin and nails such as ringworm and athlete’s foot; birthmarks, congenital and acquired growth, hair loss or alopecia areata, eczema or atopic dermatitis, lichen planus, molluscum and warts, loss of pigment or vitiligo, moles, psoriasis, as well as hemangiomas and other vascular malformations.
We understand the crucial need to keep children as comfortable as possible. We utilize the most advanced techniques available in pediatric dermatology to reduce or eliminate the procedures that might be painful or cause anxiety. Recent breakthroughs in medical technology make this easier than ever before. For instance, we can accurately distinguish between a benign birthmark and melanoma in a new adhesive patch test now helps to detect the presence of genetic mutations associated with skin cancer which enables us to pinpoint and manage potential problems in their earliest stages. The process that is quick, simple and painless.
Because the skin cancer epidemic in the United State affects younger and younger segments of our population we pay special attention to the risk of skin cancer. We recommend educating children on how to protect themselves in the sun with sunscreen, hats and sunglasses as soon as they learn to talk and encourage frank conversations with adolescents regarding the dangers of tanning.
We understand that a child’s skin disorder may affect his or her overall health, quality of life, and self-esteem; we are committed to treating the whole child and including parents as part of the health care team.
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