Pediatric FAQs

  • How often should my children be screened for skin cancer?

    The American Academy of Dermatology recommends a complete skin examination annually for pediatric patients as well. Establishing a baseline is important, especially in the early detection of dysplastic and/or Spitz nevi, or when there is a strong family history of skin cancer. In addition, safe sun practicing techniques are reviewed as well as educating parents and patients the ABCDs of changing moles.

  • How do dermatologists diagnose warts?

    A dermatologist can tell whether you have a wart by looking at it. In rare cases, a dermatologist may need to perform a skin biopsy to be certain. If a dermatologist needs to perform a biopsy, the doctor will remove the wart and send it to a lab. At the lab, a small piece of the wart will be looked at under a microscope.

  • How do dermatologists treat warts?

    Warts often go away without treatment. This is especially true when children get warts. In adults, warts may not disappear as easily or as quickly as they do in children. Although most warts are harmless, dermatologists do treat them. You should see a dermatologist if you cannot get rid of the warts, the warts hurt, or you have many warts. Dermatologists have many treatments for warts. The treatment used depends on the patient’s age and health as well as the type of wart. Some methods of treatment include cryotherapy, excision, laser, chemical peels or immunotherapy.

    There is no cure for the wart virus. This means that warts can return at the same site or appear in a new spot. Sometimes, it seems that new warts appear as fast as old ones go away. This happens when the old warts shed virus cells into the skin before the warts are treated. This allows new warts to grow around the first warts. The best way to prevent this is to have your dermatologist treat new warts as soon as they appear.

  • Can a child with vitiligo be treated?

    Yes, but some treatments are not appropriate for children. Treatments may include topical medications, PUVA therapy, or narrowband UVB light treatments.

  • Are researchers looking for more effective treatment for vitiligo?

    Yes. They are studying the genes involved in vitiligo. Researchers believe that by identifying all of the genes involved in vitiligo, they will learn what destroys the cells that give skin its color. With this knowledge, it should be possible to develop better treatments. One of the key goals of this research is to develop a treatment that will permanently stop the skin from losing color.

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