Dermatology

Can You Identify and Treat Your Children’s Insect Bites (Archived Pedcast)

DocSmo here with another edition of Portable Practical Pediatrics. From the onesie all the way to the three-piece if it involves kids, we talk about it here. Thanks for joining me today. I’ve got another biking story for you today. You know I’m part of the “Biking friends”, a group of adults and sometimes kids, who go biking weekly to a bakery or a coffee shop. We bike about 25 miles and have lots of interesting conversations along the way. Well, in one of my most recent outings with the group I got to ride along side a teen with a rash. His mom was also riding and she asked me to take a look at his rash that was around his upper arm. Mom’s question for me was should she take him to urgent care or even the emergency department since his spots looked bigger and angrier than they had the day before. His rash was getting worse and she was worried.  I knew the likely outcome of one of those ED or urgent care visits- lots of medications and therapies that are often unnecessary. So let’s break down this young man’s rash a little more in today’s pedcast and give you my thoughts about a how to identify and manage his rash that turned out to be from insect bites. I’ll also tell you what I told this young man to do to care for his rash that turned out to be easy and very inexpensive.

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7 Reasons Your Children Should Not Get Tattoos (Pedcast)

The following pedcast was originally posted August 18, 2013. Listen to pediatrician and dermatologist Sue Primmer M.D. discuss some interesting facets of tattooing in the U.S.. Continue reading

Poison Ivy-Just Leaf it Alone! (Pedcast)

Camp Essentials continues with some “must know” facts about the most common contact dermatitis, poison ivy. Learn some burning facts that parents have been itching to know. In this episode, Dr. Smolen gives parents the must know facts to keep their children away from the summer misery called poison ivy. Note, this pedcast is an archived pedcast, originally posted in June 2011.

 

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Are Eczema/Allergies Preventable in Children?

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Life threatening diseases like meningitis, sepsis, and dehydration are mostly a thing of the past for babies and children in 21st century America. Thank goodness! But instead of these acute illnesses that have been so prevalent in the past, now children are battling chronic illnesses like asthma, food allergy, and the topic of today’s talk, eczema. If you search the Portable Practical Pediatrics archives, you will see that we have talked about eczema on many, many occasions– but today I thought I would bring you some new information that recent research has uncovered. If this research is correct, it looks like eczema may be, in  a large number of children, preventable. So stay with me to find out more about how you might be able to prevent the debilitating skin disease known as eczema in your children.

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