MEDICAL DERMATOLOGY I PAEDIATRIC DERMATOLOGY
Paediatric dermatology encompasses the diagnosis, management and treatment of different skin conditions that may affect children. As a dermatologist, Dr Tarryn Jacobs treats a variety of patients of all ages and has specialised formulated treatments for the little ones. She treats skin conditions and disorders, including:
- Molluscum contagiosum - this is a common and generally harmless condition that affects children who are 1 to 10 years old. Molluscum contagiosum is caused by a poxvirus and causes small bumps on the skin that tend to clear with time. There are a few treatments that may help to speed up the process of clearing these spots, but this depends on the patient's age. Many of these treatments are painful, which must be taken into consideration because molluscum contagiosum is a harmless condition that resolves on its own. Dr Jacobs will assess clinically, and if active treatment is needed, then a range of topical therapies and in-office therapies are available.
- Warts – warts are caused by an infection in the outer layer of the skin (epidermis) with a virus called the "human papillomavirus". Wart viruses are contagious and can spread by contact. Warts are often skin-coloured and feel rough, but they can be dark (brown or grey-black), flat, and smooth. Warts often go away without treatment. This is especially true when children get warts. Although most warts are harmless, the treatment used depends on the patient's age and health as well as the type of wart.