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If your child has skin conditions such as a birthmark, eczema, warts, or psoriasis, a pediatric dermatologist has the experience and qualifications to treat your child. At Dayton Children’s, our team cares for children and teens who have many different kinds of skin conditions using the latest available treatment methods. Other team members include health care providers in plastic surgery and allergy and immunology. We work together to give your child all the care that they need.

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The dermatology department welcomes phone calls to 937- 641- 4838 during our normal business hours of 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.

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Kara Shah, MD, PhD

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conditions we treat


Acne is a common skin condition that causes pimples. Pimples form when channels connecting oil glands in the skin to pores on top become clogged. Almost everyone gets acne at some time, but it is most common in teens and young adults. Acne can cause scarring, but treatments may help minimize or prevent this.

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Alopecia is a medical condition in which hair is lost from some or all areas of the body. There are several reasons why hair loss can occur in children, including infection (e.g. ringworm of the scalp) and hair loss as a result of the immune system mistakenly attacking the hair follicles, causing hairs to loosen and fall out.

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Atopic dermatitis (eczema)

Eczema is one of the most common rashes in children. The term eczema refers to a number of different skin conditions in which the skin is red and irritated and sometimes has small, fluid-filled bumps that become moist and ooze. The most common cause of eczema is atopic dermatitis, which is often seen in children with allergies and asthma.

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fungal infections

Fungal infections are caused by fungi that live on our skin, hair and nails. Fungi cause common skin infections like ringworm, athlete's foot and jock itch. All of these conditions can be itchy and uncomfortable. Most fungal infections can be easily treated.

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Molluscum, or molluscum contagiosum, is a very common skin infection in children. Molluscum is caused by a virus and causes smooth, pearly, flesh-colored skin growths.

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Psoriasis can start in childhood and cause significant worry due to itching or discomfort. For most kids, psoriasis is limited to just a few areas of skin and usually respond well to treatment. More serious cases might need stronger treatment. The good news is that there are many treatment options.

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Scabies is a common, itchy skin disorder caused by tiny mites called Sarcoptes scabiei. The female mites burrow into the top layer of human skin to lay their eggs, causing small, itchy bumps and blisters. Scabies is highly contagious and requires treatment.

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More common in kids than in adults, warts are skin infections caused by viruses of the human papillomavirus (HPV) family. They can affect any area of the body, but are most common on the fingers, hands, and feet. Warts are usually painless unless they're on the soles of the feet or another part of the body that gets bumped or touched all the time. Warts can be treated if they are causing pain or discomfort.

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