What is a pediatric dermatologist?
If your child has a skin condition such as a birthmark, eczema, acne, or psoriasis, a pediatric dermatologist will have the experience and qualifications to treat your child. They treat a wide variety of pediatric skin conditions using the latest available treatments. Pediatric dermatologists treat children from birth through adolescence.
The pediatric dermatologist cares for children (newborns during adolescence) with skin disorders. They treat children in a pediatric clinic setting, but they also care for hospitalized patients. Many people perform surgical procedures such as laser therapy and cataract surgery.
Pediatric dermatologists diagnose and treat vascular and pigmented skin diseases, dermatitis like atopic dermatitis, contact dermatitis), moles like melanocytic navy blue inherited skin disorders like genodermatosis, acne breakouts, dermatitis, dermatitis rash viral, and vascular collagen disorders.
What type of training do they undergo?
- Four-year medical school
- The internship is one year
- Three years of residency in dermatology or two years of residency in pediatrics and three years of residency in dermatology
- One year pediatric dermatology fellowship
- Upon completion of the training, the pediatric dermatologist will become a subspecialty board certified in pediatric dermatology by the American Board of Dermatology.
- A variety of skin conditions are diagnosed and treated by pediatric dermatologists. They usually offer the following services:
- Diagnosis and treatment of various skin conditions, including contact dermatitis, eczema, psoriasis, vitiligo, urticaria, acne, hemangiomas, birthmarks, and congenital skin disorders.
- Prescription treatment for skin conditions
- Medical and/or surgical treatment for skin conditions such as pimples and mollusks (yellow or pink bumps the size of a pea)
- Surgical removal of moles, pimples, and other small bumps on the skin such as cysts.
- Skin biopsies
What procedures does a pediatric dermatologist do?
- Warts, cryotherapy for molluscum, and other skin growths
- Cantharidin applications for molluscum (CPT 17100/17111)
- Intralesional immunotherapy for warts
- Topical immunotherapy for warts
- Minor skin surgery
- Excision and removal; simple and intermediate defect repair, simple and subcuticular closure; shaving of lesions; curettage and electrodesiccation
- Vascular destruction of pyogenic granulomas
- Narrowband ultraviolet b therapy only in grapevine location