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The University of Chicago Medicine - Comer Children's Hospital

Pediatric Dermatology: Services Offered

At the University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children's Hospital, our dermatology specialists will develop an individualized treatment plan that is appropriate for your child's medical history and symptoms. For certain conditions, we offer special treatment options--in addition to or in place of medication.

Phototherapy

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 to form.

Our pediatric dermatology specialists administer three types of phototherapy:

  • Ultraviolet light B (UVB) therapy is offered in broadband or narrowband delivery--that is, a wider or more targeted wavelength spectrum. UVB therapy is a highly effective full or partial body treatment for psoriasis, vitiligo and other inflammatory skin disorders.
  • Excimer laser therapy is a highly precise method for treating psoriasis and vitiligo without causing damage to healthy skin surrounding the affected areas. This technique offers several benefits, including shorter and fewer treatment sessions.
  • Psoralen and ultraviolet light A (PUVA) therapyrequires the use of psoralen, a medication that the patient takes or applies in order to maximize the effects of UVA rays on the skin. PUVA therapy can be a highly effective treatment option for psoriasis and vitiligo.

Pulsed Dye Laser Therapy

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.

Surgical Treatment for Skin Disorders

Some severe skin conditions may require surgical treatment, such as removal of certain types of birthmarks or growths. If your child is a candidate for dermasurgery, our experts will work closely with pediatric plastic surgeons to provide the most appropriate and effective treatment options.