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At the University of Chicago Comer Children's Hospital, our dermatologists specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of skin, nail and hair problems in children, from newborns to teens. We provide a range of services to manage simple and complex pediatric skin conditions including: eczema, hair loss; hereditary disorders of the skin, hair and nails; photosensitivity disorders, vascular birthmarks and more.
At Comer Children's, our dermatology specialists will develop an individualized treatment plan that is appropriate for your child's medical history and symptoms.
In addition to, or in place of medication, we may offer special treatment options, including:
Phototherapy, also known as light therapy, is an effective treatment technique for many skin conditions. This outpatient treatment exposes the affected area of skin to measured doses of artificial light for a prescribed amount of time. Ultraviolet light rays decrease rapid cell growth, which reduces the inflammation that causes skin lesions (abnormal growth or appearance).
Our pediatric dermatology specialists administer three types of phototherapy:
In this outpatient technique, a concentrated beam of yellow light is used to destroy abnormal blood vessels. This form of laser therapy is effective in the treatment of spider angiomas, port wine stains and other vascular lesions.
Some severe skin conditions, such as certain types of birthmarks or growths, may require surgical treatment. If your child is a candidate for skin surgery, our experts will work closely with pediatric plastic surgeons to provide the most appropriate and effective treatment options.