You return from a camping trip only to find your seven year
old is complaining that her legs are really itchy. The red, swollen skin could
mean poison ivy or poison oak. Should you be concerned?
While it can be hard to live with the itching sometimes, rashes
– also called dermatitis – are often not something to worry about although
there are times where they may need medical treatment.
For parents, there is likely a collective groan at the thought of the winter routine – namely the daily dressing of coats, snow pants, mittens and hats just to go to school. But as we spend time tracking down matching mittens and the missing snow boot this winter, we also need to think about our skin care routine.
They seem to pop up everywhere, and they always pop up at the worst possible moments: Right before yearbook pictures. While getting ready for the Homecoming dance. During the first week of a new school year. Ugh!
That’s right. Today we’re talking about pimples.
More than 40 million people are affected by acne (pimples) each year in the United States, which makes it the most common skin condition around! While acne can affect a person at any age, adolescents are the most commonly affected age-group: in fact, 85% of people between the ages of 12 to 24 have acne. Fortunately, good treatments are available for most cases. There is no single treatment that works for all patients, so you and your health care provider may have to try several types of medications to clear up your skin.