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Pediatric Dermatology

UNC Children’s offers comprehensive care for a wide range of skin, hair and nail conditions. Our pediatric dermatologists are specially trained to put your child at ease while providing compassionate, expert treatment.

Comprehensive Dermatology Care

Count on UNC Children’s board-certified pediatric dermatologists to provide safe, highly effective and affordable long-term treatment for your child’s condition. And you won’t have to wait long to see one of our specialists. We’ll see your child within a week of your appointment request, ensuring your child gets fast, effective care.

If your child has a complex skin disorder, you’ll benefit from our collaboration with other UNC Children’s specialists. We work together to create a comprehensive care plan to provide an improved quality of life for both your child and your family.

What We Treat

Conditions We Treat

Find diagnosis and treatment for pediatric dermatology conditions, including:

  • Allergic contact dermatitis – Rash caused by exposure to an allergen
  • Acne
  • Birthmarks
  • Collagen-vascular disease – Skin, tissue and joint inflammation due to a problem with the immune system
  • Dermatitis – Inflammation of the skin
  • Ectodermal dysplasia – Hair, nail and dental abnormalities caused by a genetic disorder
  • Eczema (atopic dermatitis) – Chronic red, dry, itchy skin • Epidermolysis bullosa – Blisters and skin erosion
  • Hair loss (alopecia areata)
  • Hemangiomas and vascular malformations – Birthmarks caused by blood vessel abnormalities
  • Ichthyosis – Scaly skin
  • Lice
  • Moles (nevi)
  • Nail dystrophy – Malformation of the nails
  • Pigmentary abnormalities – Skin pigmentation disorders
  • Pityriasis rosea
  • Psoriasis – Itchy, red patches of skin that develop into thick scales due to an immune system problem
  • Rashes
  • Scabies – Itchy skin caused by a tiny mite
  • Seborrheic dermatitis – Scaly, red patches on the scalp and skin folds
  • Vitiligo – Patchy loss of skin pigmentation (color) caused by errant immune system response

Your child also can get treatment for a wide range of bacterial, fungal and viral infections, including:

  • Herpes – Blisters on the mouth, face and eyes caused by a virus
  • Impetigo – Blisters or sores on the face, neck, hands and diaper area caused by a bacteria
  • Molluscum contagiosum – Round, firm, bumps caused by a virus
  • MRSA (methicillin resistant staphylococcus aureus) – Red boils or streaked areas on the skin caused by an antibiotic-resistant strain of staph bacteria
  • Ringworm – Red, circular rash caused by a fungus
  • Thrush – White patches on the tongue and in the mouth caused by too much yeast
  • Tinea versicolor – Small discolored patches on the skin caused by a fungus
  • Warts
  • Yeast – Itchy rashes caused by a fungus


Pediatric Dermatology Services We Offer

UNC Children’s offers advanced, holistic treatment for your child’s dermatologic conditions—from minor skin conditions to severe and difficult-to-manage disorders. Beyond diagnosis and medical management of your child’s skin condition, your family will benefit from our comprehensive services, including:

  • Cryotherapy – Freezes an affected area of skin to treat warts, lesions or other abnormalities
  • Laser therapy – Focuses high-intensity light in one area to correct skin pigmentation disorders, remove scars and more
  • Medications, including oral medications and topical creams/ointments
  • Phototherapy – Exposes skin to controlled ultraviolet light to relieve symptoms of psoriasis, atopic dermatitis and other conditions
  • Surgery (laser surgery as well as traditional surgery under sedation or anesthesia)

Your child also may benefit from the kinds of innovative therapies found in clinical trials at academic medical centers.

Close to Home

Care Close to Home

Take advantage of our prompt and convenient pediatric dermatology services at one of four greater Triangle area locations near you.

Make an Appointment

Call 919-966-2485 to make an appointment with a UNC Children’s dermatologist.

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