Pediatric Dermatology

If your child is suffering from the effects of skin damage, allergies, or any other skin conditions, turn to us for pediatric dermatology services and proceeders that will restore your child’s skin to a better state of health. Many children have sensitivities to certain toxins or pollutants in the environment. Others may have skin issues related to a medical condition. We can perform a thorough evaluation and put together a treatment plan that will help your child maintain healthy skin for life.

Eczema (Atopic Dermatitis)

Eczema, or atopic dermatitis, is common in younger children and easily identified by dry, red, and itchy skin caused by inflammation. It looks like an allergic reaction but can be triggered by a number of factors, including a poor immune system, bacterial infections, stress, or even a cold of flu.

Treatment options for eczema include:

  • Prescription-strength oral and topical medications
  • Prescription-strength oral and topical steroid creams
  • Healing moisturizers
  • Light therapy


Most children with psoriasis have very visible red patches of skin that tend to flake and cause white, flaky skin. This is a chronic condition that can cause flare ups and is a result of a faulty immune system. Plaque psoriasis is the most common type of psoriasis and is identified by red lesions and scaly white skin covering the knees, elbows, scalp, and lower back. Other types of psoriasis spread to the armpits and genitals or end up being white blisters filled with pus. Some forms of psoriasis can be very painful and will require ongoing medical treatment.

Children with psoriasis can experience symptoms because of changes in weather, medication, diet, or stress.

Treatment options include:

  • OTC medication
  • Prescription-strength topical medications
  • Laser or light therapy treatments
  • Oral prescription medication
  • Phototherapy


Children with very sensitive skin may develop a rash in areas where an allergen or toxin has come into contact with the skin. Rashes usually look like red bumps or patches of irritated skin. These are usually easy to treat with anti-itch lotions and creams.

Molluscum Contagiosum

This viral infection is common in children between one and five years of age but can occur at any age. It is usually transmitted between siblings and appears as lesions or small bumps on the skin. In some cases, it’s accompanied by eczema which can make the skin even more irritated and inflamed.

Treatment options include:

  • Freezing
  • Curettage
  • Topical ointments and treatments

Warts (Verruca Vulgaris)

Warts can appear when the human papilloma virus (HPV) spreads to the hands, feet, or any other part of the body. Some children experience pain or inflammation around the wart while others may not have any symptoms.

Treatment options include:

  • Freezing the skin to destroy the virus and wart
  • Wart removal
  • Targeted therapies

Alopecia Areata

Children with hair loss may have health problems that affect their immune system. When the immune system is compromised and targets the hair follicle, hair loss occurs. This condition may be linked to autoimmune diseases, asthma, and allergies. We can treat this condition with topical medications and injections.

If your child is suffering from any type of skin condition, they need to see a pediatric dermatologist immediately. Call DeLuke Dermatology for your appointment.

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Dr. Elise DeLuke
4949 Main Street
Amherst, NY 14226

Dr. Gretchen Malikowski
353 Kenmore Ave Suite 2
Buffalo, NY 14223
Tel: (716) 970-4140 Fax: (716) 970-4676 Text: (716) 303-3915 Amherst Hours: Monday - Friday 8:00AM - 5:00PM
Buffalo Hours: Monday - Thursday 8:00AM - 3:30PM