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Pediatric & Birthmarks

Pediatric Dermatology:

Children are welcome at Audubon Dermatology, and our staff is experienced in treating dermatology concerns in children of all ages. Dr. Hooper and Dr. Jackson each have 3 children of their own. In order to make their visit as comfortable and stress-free as possible, children are invited to use the play table, books, and Legos available for them in our waiting room.

Atopic Dermatitis:

Atopic Dermatitis, or Eczema, is a chronic skin disorder that affects 15-20% of children in the US. It causes inflamed, itchy rashes that can range from minor to severe and can show up on any part of the body. The rashes can lead to infection and are sometimes associated with asthma and food allergies. Eczema is not contagious. Often, eczema improves with age.

What we do:

  • Discuss lifestyle changes that can improve your skins moisture content.
  • Topical treatments like ointments and shampoos.
  • Pills or injections.

Birthmarks:

Brown Birthmarks (congenital nevi):

Brown birthmarks are, as the name implies, marks on the skin that are present at birth. They are generally harmless, although large birthmarks (larger than the size of a fist) are more likely to become cancerous. Any birthmarks that appear to change in color or appearance should be checked by a doctor. Birthmarks may harm self-esteem, depending on their size and location.

Hemangiomas:

These are vascular birthmarks, meaning that they consist of blood vessels close to the skin’s surface.  They may appear several weeks after birth and can have a spongy appearance (also known as strawberry marks).

They are pink, red, blue, or purple in color and raised above the skin. They are most often found on the head, neck or limbs. Some shrink away on their own (Rapidly Involuting), while others continue to grow as the child grows (Noninvoluting).

Port-Wine Stains:

These vascular birthmarks are flat and consist of dilated blood capillaries. They sometimes harbor underlying tissue abnormalities, so they should always be examined by a Board Certified Dermatologist. These enlarge over time and respond most effectively to laser treatments.

What we do:

Dr. Hooper and Dr. Jackson will examine the birthmark and determine if treatment is necessary. If necessary, they will employ a variety of lasers. The most effective treatment for red birthmarks is usually Excel V, sometimes combined with oral or topical medication. Dr. Hooper and Dr. Jackson stay abreast of the latest research on birthmark treatments. A biopsy on brown congenital nevi may be necessary, to rule out skin cancer.

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