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Dana Pilz, PA-C

Hello and welcome to this week’s Trillium Creek Dermatology and Surgery Center’s Podcast. My name is Dana Pilz, PA-C, and I’ve been a physician assistant at Trillium Creek for 3years.

I often get asked about Pediatric Dermatology, and as a mother of two young boys, I know there is a lot of information out there. In today’s podcast, I will review what we treat in pediatric dermatology.

Many patients I see are referred in by their primary care provider for a second opinion.  With our pediatric population this is usually the case. We see and treat children for a variety of complaints including acneeczema, psoriasiswarts, ringworm, other contagious rashes and full body checks. We treat all ages so please see us for anything that is of a concern for you and your child.

Usually our acne patients have started on a topical medication and oral pills by their physician before coming to the dermatologist.  We pride ourselves on prescribing the best medications and getting results quickly! We also have a full line of face washes, topicals and face pads that are reasonably priced through H&H Science to treat acne. One of my personal favorites is the Pore Minimizing CleanserHowever, we can customize and personalize a treatment regimen specific to your child’s specific skin type.  I highly encourage parents to bring their children in early so we can keep ahead of the flares and prevent scarring.

Another area of concern I’m passionate about is sunscreen!  We know as parents this should be applied daily (especially when doing activities outdoors).  It should be applied liberally all over the sun exposed areas of skin every couple of hours while out in the sun, or immediately after coming out of the water.  Parents ask me all the time about which one to use. I recommend using at least an SPF of 50+. Also, I know many kids (including my own) are allergic or sensitive to a lot of products out there.  If you find you are in a similar boat, I encourage you to try the Sheer Antioxidant Sunscreen SPF 50+ from H&H Science as it works well with those who have sensitive skin. There are even sunblocks now that are colored as you apply them so you don’t miss any spots!  And for the mom on the go, I recommend the Tinted Brightening BB Cream SPF 50+ which is a tinted sunblock that can act as a foundation too!

Lastly, I highly recommend having your child come in for a full body check.  Contrary to belief, children are at risk of having abnormal moles and skin cancers (not just adults).  When you start your child off with full body skin checks at an early age, we can take pictures of any suspicious moles and monitor them closely throughout the years for any changes. It’s always helpful to document any abnormal moles as soon as you see them. Look for moles that stand out (or don’t look like the others), look for spots that are changing in size/shape/or color. Our full body checks take about 15 minutes or less. Who wouldn’t want to spend 15 minutes or less to have peace of mind for their child?

Once again, I’m Dana Pilz, PA-C with Trillium Creek Dermatology & Surgery Center. Thank you for listening to this week’s podcast about Pediatric Dermatology.


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