Is your child experiencing itchy, unsightly rashes that come with eczema and other skin conditions? If are looking for a skilled dermatologist that can help you manage your child’s symptoms, look no further than Dr. Porcia Love.

Doctor Porcia Love is River Region Dermatology and Laser’s board-certified dermatologist. Located in Montgomery, Alabama, our practice provides patients of all ages with the skin care that they need to lead happy, healthy lives. If you’d like more information about our practice or any of the services we offer, contact us today.

What is Pediatric Dermatology?

While Dr. Love also addresses multiple adult skin care concerns, pediatric dermatology has unique needs. Eczema is a common concern for children, and we can also treat:

  • Acne
  • Warts
  • Moles
  • And more!

What is Eczema?

The term “eczema” is used to describe both rash-like conditions in general and chronic inflammatory conditions of the skin. As an inflammatory condition, it is characterized by itchy, dry, red, and scaling skin that is sensitive to the touch.

While there are several different types of eczema, atopic dermatitis is the most common. This condition can occur at any point in a person’s life, but most commonly develops in infancy. It is characterized by chronic dry, itchy, red plaques that tend to develop on the elbows, neck, wrists, ankles, and behind the knees — basically any area of the body that bends. Symptoms of this condition can be mild or severe, and tend to move to many different areas of the body.

What Causes It?

When it comes to a person’s likelihood of developing eczema, genetics play a significant role. Because eczema is a disorder of the immune system, children with parents that have an immune system disorder are significantly more likely to develop eczema. These children are also more likely to develop other immune system diseases later in life.

Eczema flare-ups can be caused by a wide variety of environmental factors, including but not limited to:

  • Household cleaning products
  • Certain foods
  • Allergens
  • Microbes
  • Hot and cold temperatures
  • Stress
  • Hormone fluctuations

How Can I Treat It?

While eczema cannot be cured completely, it can be managed through a combination of lifestyle choices and medications. Taking warm baths, applying moisturizer daily, using mild soap and non-soap cleaners, and avoiding rough, scratchy fabrics can help decrease your chance of developing symptoms. Several forms of medication are also available to help control flare-ups.

Before recommending any specific lifestyle changes or prescribing any medications, Dr. Porcia Love first carefully examines your particular case of eczema. Following this examination, she will administer medications that can best control your particular case of eczema, and may recommend in-office treatments to help bring it further improvements.

How are Other Pediatric Dermatology Concerns Treated?

At River Region Dermatology and Laser, Dr. Love offers multiple treatment solutions depending on your child’s unique skin care needs. The treatment options that are best suited for your child’s skin condition will be discussed during the consultation.

Tired of dealing with the painful skin growths that come with eczema? You don’t have to live with these uncomfortable symptoms — contact River Region Dermatology and Laser today to schedule your consultation appointment with Dr. Porcia Love.