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Skin problems are incredibly common in childhood – with conditions such as eczema affecting as many as one in five children in the UK [1].

We know that skin conditions can cause great distress to children - affecting their sleep, confidence and even academic achievements. Our aim is to take your child’s pain and discomfort away and manage their symptoms with a long term care plan.

You can be reassured that our team of world class specialists are highly experienced in treating complex, common and rare skin conditions with the most up-to-date treatments available.

Our team of Dermatologists are senior paediatric consultants and are considered world experts in their field.  They work very closely with other paediatric subspecialists such as Consultant Allergists to ensure a comprehensive multidsciplinary approach to diagnosis and treatment.

Here is a summary of some of the skin conditions our specialists deal with on a daily basis:

ECZEMA:This is a common skin condition which causes itchy , red, flaking skin . In most cases eczema can be managed by applying moisturisers, or steroid creams. Avoiding cosmetic bubble baths , shower gels and shampoos which can dry out the skin can also help. But if your child is unlucky enough to suffer severe eczema – red raw patches which cause pain and bleeding for instance - and steroids have not controlled or are not controlling  the symptoms they may need to see a dermatologist for a review and treatment plan [2].

PSORIASIS: This skin condition causes red patches of skin covered with silvery scales.  In most cases the symptoms begin between the age of 11 and 45 [3]. One in three cases has a genetic basis, but the conditon is actually triggered by, for example stress, a cut or injury, sun damage etc. In children and teenagers, a specific type of psoriasis called guttate psosriasis can occur after a streptococcal throat infection. It causes small drop shaped sores to appear on the trunk, arms, legs and scalp. In most cases it will disappear but in some cases children then go on to develop the more typical plaque psoriasis – which is characterised by raised red plaques.

There is no cure for psoriasis but our dermatologist can help manage your child’s flare ups when they happen. This may include advice about moisturisers, steroid creams or other more specialised preparations. If your child is badly affected then our experts can offer them help with, for example, ultraviolet light therapy or stronger medication. Psoriasis can impact on emotional wellbeing too – especially if teenagers are affected – and they can often benefit from psychological support which we are able to arrange through our multi -discplinary teams.

BIRTH MARKS:  Birthmarks are extremely common, affecting up to four out of five babies. The majority occur as a minor developmental imperfection of the skin and are completely harmless to the baby’s health. They appear in various shapes, sizes and colours depending on the tissues (cells) involved. The most common causes are abnormal blood vessels (vascular birthmarks) or pigment cells forming in clusters (pigmented birthmarks). As visible marks on the skin, they range from pink to dark brown, develop in utero and are present at or soon after birth. 

The Portland Hospital offers a dedicated children’s birthmark service led by Professor John Harper, one of London’s leading Dermatologists, offering diagnosis and state-of-the-art treatment including laser treatment, specialist drug treatment and Interventional RadiologyClick here for further information on the treatment of birthmarks available at The Portland Hospital.

OTHER SKIN CONDITIONS: Our specialists also provide treatment for patients with common pigmentation disorders and diseases of the scalp, hair and nails, as well as rarer skin conditions.

For more information or to arrange an appointment please contact our Children's Enquiry Line on 020 7390 8020


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