During childhood, it is common to develop a variety of rashes at one time or another. Some of these rashes are caused by superficial infections of the skin, for example impetigo, and may subside quickly with a topical or oral medication. Other rashes occur when your child is ill; they may be bacterial or viral, and prompt recognition of the rash by a professional can help expedite the correct medical treatment.
Children with eczema, atopic dermatitis or other chronic skin conditions are more susceptible to common skin infections, and may experience more severe forms of them. If your child has a severe skin infection, for example eczema herpeticum, it can permanently affect their eyesight if the rash spreads to this area. Your child should be seen promptly if you suspect this condition. Children with eczema or psoriasis sometimes have flares of their skin rash prompted by infection, and these can be addressed by your dermatologist as well.
Several types of growth develop on children due to infection as well. The most common we see are warts, caused by the human papilloma virus, and molluscum contagiosum, a contagious type of dome shaped bumps on the skin caused by a poxvirus. These may resolve on their own in some cases, but sometimes rapid treatment is best to prevent them from spreading on your child, or to other children.
If you believe your child may be suffering from a skin infection of any kind, schedule an appointment with Kessel Dermatology today. We specialize in treating skin infections with a wide range of highly effective treatments.