Pediatric Dermatology

Pediatric Dermatology

Conditions affecting infant and children include abnormal moles,
rashes, skin infections and in rare cases skin cancer. Some common
dermatological diseases that present in childhood such as molluscum may
cause unnecessary suffering and anxiety on behalf of both parent and

The dermatologists, as well as our specially trained Advanced Practice Nurse Practitioners (APRNs) and Physician’s Assistants (Pas) will diagnose and discuss the disorders and treatment options available for your child’s condition. We will help you decide which therapeutic method is most appropriate for your child depending on the condition and its severity.

Our staff is experienced in treating and interacting with children and recognizes the importance of a supportive environment for the entire family. Our team approach ensures that treatments provided in the clinic will be as effective and comfortable as possible. We encourage return to normal school and after school activities as soon as possible.


What is molluscum contagiosum?

Molluscum Contagiosum (MC) is a viral infection caused by a member of the Pox virus family. This prevalent infection causes firm, pink papules most commonly in the skin folds and dry skin.

What do molluscum infections typically look like?
Molluscum infections cause small pink bumps, that often have a central dimple or are “umbilicated.”  Some individuals have few lesions that resolve spontaneously others commonly present many more persistent bumps.

What is the expected course of molluscum infection?
In most cases, patients develop immunity to the virus and the infection resolves.  Unfortunately, the lesions can increase in number and are contagious until immunity develops.

How are molluscum treated?
Treatment methods include topical products, curettage, Cantharidin, incision and drainage, and liquid nitrogen.  Despite treatment, molluscum may persist for months to years.  Multiple visits are often required.

Pediatric Eczema / Atopic Dermatitis

What is eczema?
Eczema, also known as atopic dermatitis (AD) is a common skin disease that affects many people worldwide. In most cases, the onset occurs before five years of age and persists to some extent throughout life. It is often associated with asthma and seasonal allergies.

What causes eczema?
The precise cause is unknown. Proposed etiologies include impaired skin barrier function, environmental allergies and immune dysfunction. Patients develop dry, itchy, red skin.  Most commonly, the legs, arms, ears and cheeks are affected. Unfortunately, affected skin is prone to bacterial and viral infections, which can worsen the severity of the disease.

What causes eczema flares?
Eczema outbreaks or flares have multiple triggers.   Dry skin, environmental irritants such as dyes, soaps, perfumes, and woolen clothing commonly cause inflammation and start the “itch scratch cycle.”  Stress and abrupt changes in temperature also worsen the condition. 

How is eczema treated?
During flares, prescription strength medication is used to eliminate inflammation and restore the integrity of the skin. Eliminate environmental triggers, both irritant and allergic in nature. At Fairfield Dermatology, we educate patients about their condition, eliminate environmental triggers when possible and provide effective skin care products and prescriptions to minimize outbreaks.