Four Common Childhood Skin Problems

iStock_000016531324_Double.jpgIt’s not uncommon for your child to come home with a welt, rash or bump. Most of the time, these skin abnormalities aren’t a big deal and can be treated easily. However, sometimes these skin problems do require medical treatment. Read on to learn about the most common childhood skin problems and when you should seek a true medical diagnoses and treatment.

    1. Ringworm: Caused by a fungus that survives off hair, dead skin and nail tissue, ringworm begins as a red, scaly patch or bump. Before long, this patch becomes an itchy red ring with raised, blistery borders. Contagious by skin-to-skin contact with a person or animal, ringworm should be treated with antifungal creams.
    2. Chickenpox: Once very common, chickenpox are seen less and less often these days thanks to the chickenpox vaccination. However, this disease is extremely contagious with an itchy rash and red spots or blisters as the No. 1 symptom. The stages of said spots go from blistering to bursting to drying and finally to crusting all over. Because chickenpox can be a very serious disease, it’s important that your child is vaccinated at the appropriate age.
    3. Warts: These pesky skin growths are caused by a virus and can be easily spread from person to person. Most commonly, warts grow on fingers and hands, but can be found anywhere on the body. To treat warts, cover with bandages. Most warts will go away in time; however, some will require freezing from a dermatologist.
    4. Hand-Foot-Mouth Disease: This is a very common childhood illness. Beginning with a fever, painful mouth sores and a non-itchy rash, this illness is spread through coughing, sneezing and used diapers. As the illness progresses, the rash will usually blister on hands, feet and occasionally on the buttocks and legs. To prevent the spreading of this illness, wash hands often. Hand-Foot-Mouth Disease will normally go away on its’ own within a week.

If your child has a concerning skin abnormality, it’s a good idea to get it checked out immediately. In some cases, early diagnosis can prevent full symptoms from occurring. Visit your closest Medical City Children’s Hospital Urgent Care to speak with a trained health expert. Designed exclusively to meet the needs of children, Medical City Children’s Hospital Urgent Care provides quick, efficient service so you can avoid the typical hassle of a doctor’s visit. Be sure to use the online check in to avoid the waiting room.

Disclaimer: Patients’ health can vary. Always consult with a medical professional before taking medication, making health-related decisions or deciding if medical advice is right for you or your child.

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