It’s that time of year again when children are back in school. Like every parent, you purchased school supplies and new school clothes so your child is comfortable and ready to hit the school room. But what about your child’s skin health, which can have a serious impact on their ability to thrive in school?
One of the most common skin show-stoppers are rashes. A rash is a skin reaction that can be caused by contact with a skin irritant, allergy, bacteria, or virus. Let’s take a look at three common skin rashes and what to look out for now and throughout the school year.
- Eczema causes patches of dry, scaly red skin. Though eczema tends to flare up in cooler, dryer months when there is less moisture in the air, dryness from frequent exposure to air conditioning, overheating and sweating in the summer, and chlorine from swimming pools can also trigger eczema. Tree and plant allergies are also known to cause this skin rash. Your child’s doctor can draw up a treatment plan to help your child feel more comfortable and keep the symptoms under control. [click here for help]
- Impetigo is a superficial skin infection caused by streptococcus or staphylococcus bacteria. This rash is often found near the nose and mouth but can occur anywhere on the body. It is more common in warmer months and can also occur as a secondary infection in the skin that has been damaged by insect bites, poison ivy, eczema, or abrasions.
- Impetigo begins as small superficial blisters that rupture, leaving red, open patches of skin. It may be itchy and is highly contagious. Children can transfer the infection to other parts of the body or to other children through physical contact. Though rarely a serious disease, it is important to seek treatment. Doctors typically prescribe topical or oral antibiotics and anti-itch medication if needed. [click here for help]
- Molluscum contagiosum is a contagious viral infection that causes pearly bumps on the skin. The virus enters the skin through small breaks in the skin barrier causing bumps, also known as “water warts” which may have a dimple in the center. This skin condition is caused by the poxvirus that is more common in hot, humid climates and may be spread in swimming pools, clothing, or towels shared by other children who may be infected.
- Though the bumps will typically go away on their own in six to twelve months, a dermatologist can help with topical creams to reduce the itching in order to prevent a secondary bacterial infection from occurring. [click here for help]
Water’s Edge Dermatology treats all types of skin rashes and diseases. We provide comprehensive, advanced skincare for children of all ages, whether your child is a newborn, a toddler, teenager, or young adult. We understand the importance of putting kids at ease with our kid-friendly, compassionate approach to care.
As experts in spotting and treating all kinds of skin diseases, we take the time to correctly diagnose the issue and provide an effective treatment plan that is right for you and your child. And we take the time to explain everything, so you and your child can have peace of mind.
Because we care about your child’s skin health, we are offering a FREE Back In School Skin Screening at every one of our 34 offices. To take advantage of our FREE Back In School Skin Screening, click here.