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Coronavirus Update:What patients and families need to know

Conditions

Understanding your child's condition is an important step on your treatment journey. Learn more about causes, symptoms and diagnosis for a variety of conditions, as well as unique treatments and research being performed at Children's National.

Pityriasis Rosea

Pityriasis rosea is a mild, but common, skin condition that is characterized by scaly, pink, inflamed skin. The condition can last from four to eight weeks but usually leaves no lasting marks.

Poison Ivy / Poison Oak

There are three native American plants that collectively can be called poison ivy:Poison ivy, Poison oak, and Poison sumac

Port Wine Stain

A port-wine stain is a flat, pink, red, or purple mark that appears at birth, often on the face, arms, and legs, and continues to grow as the child grows. Port-wine stains do not go away and often require treatment if located on the eyelid or forehead.

Scabies

Scabies is an infestation of mites (tiny insects) characterized by small red bumps and intense itching. 

Skin Pigment Disorders

Skin color is determined by pigment (melanin) made by specialized cells in the skin called melanocytes. The amount and type of melanin determines a person's skin color. 

Sunburn

Sunburn is a visible reaction of the skin's exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation, the invisible rays that are part of sunlight. 

Tick Bites

Ticks are small insects that live in grass, bushes, wooded areas, and seashores. They attach their bodies onto a human or animal host and prefer hairy areas such as the scalp, behind the ear, in the armpit and groin, and also between fingers and toes.

Tinea Infections (Ringworm)

Different fungi, depending on their location on a child's body, cause ringworm. Ringworm is characterized by ring-shaped red, scaly patches with clear centers.