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Pediatric Dermatology

Nigro Dermatology Group

Cosmetic and Medical Dermatology located in Houston, TX

Children experience all kinds of rashes and skin complaints from when they're first born right up until their teenage years. But how can you tell when it's perfectly normal or something that should be assessed and treated professionally? Dr. James Nigro practices pediatric dermatology at Nigro Dermatology Group's two office locations in Houston, Texas. If you notice that your child is experiencing skin issues or has become more self-conscious of a skin condition, call the practice today or request an appointment online.

Pediatric Dermatology Q & A

What is pediatric dermatology?

A pediatric dermatologist specializes in skin conditions affecting children from newborn to teen. Skin issues can affect a child's mental health and self-esteem. James Nigro, MD, works with children to help them feel more confident about their condition.

When should you make a pediatric dermatology appointment?

You should make an appointment with Dr. Nigro when you notice a rash or mark on your child's skin that gives you cause for concern. 

Even if your child has no noticeable skin issues, you should make an appointment for them when they reach puberty. Hormones can trigger acne or breakouts, and the early teenage years are an excellent time to discuss skin care as well as sun protection.

What conditions does a pediatric dermatologist treat?

Dr. Nigro has years of experience in diagnosing and treating childhood skin issues. Here are some of the most common.

Acne

Acne is a major skin problem that commonly affects teenagers, causing severe scarring if not managed correctly. No two cases are alike, and Dr. Nigro works with your teen to create an individualized treatment program.

Birthmarks

A baby can be born with a birthmark, or it may appear once they're older. Port-wine stains and hemangiomas are two types of birthmark made from congenital moles and blood vessels and may need regular check-ups. Dr. Nigro assesses your child's birthmark in case it calls for early intervention treatment.

Diaper rash

All babies experience diaper rash. But for some, over-the-counter creams aren't effective. This could be because their skin requires a different type of treatment, but it may also mean they have another skin concern altogether, which Dr. Nigro can diagnose.

Eczema

Children with eczema can benefit from regular check-ups with Dr. Nigro. Eczema causes the skin to dry out and appear red and scaly. It's also extremely itchy. It ranges from mild to severe and can lead to a bacterial or viral skin infection if untreated.

Skin infections

Skin infections in children include ringworm, impetigo, and scabies. Some infections are highly contagious, so you must seek medical attention as soon as you notice something wrong. Treatment typically includes antibiotics, antifungal medicine, or prescription medicine.

Warts

Warts are protruding growths. Treatment depends on what's appropriate for the child's age and can include liquid nitrogen cryotherapy (freezing), blistering agents, electrosurgery (burning), or over-the-counter medication. 

Your child is in the very best of hands with Dr. Nigro, one of the few pediatric dermatologists in Houston. Call Nigro Dermatology Group today or request an appointment online.