What is this Rash
    June 19, 2001
    What is this Rash?

    Dr. Greene's Answer: Your question shows your thoughtful and observant approach to your son's illness. Your reasons for doubting roseola are sound. Measles and German measles are also unlikely in 13-m…

    Boils
    April 26, 2001
    Boils

    Dr. Greene's Answer: The infection usually begins with swelling or redness where the bacteria gets into the skin. The center of the infection liquefies as pus collects. They can be quite tender. Boils…

    Spectacular Allergy Prevention
    April 10, 2001
    Spectacular Allergy Prevention

    Beneficial bacteria may prevent allergies. The April 7, 2001 issue of the prestigious journal, The Lancet, contains a study of 132 children who were at high risk of developing allergies because of the…

    Sacral Dimple
    April 1, 2001
    Sacral Dimple

    Dr. Greene`s Answer: A little hole at the base of the tailbone is called a sacral dimple or a sacral pit. Some of these are shallow and have a smooth end. Stool can collect in here. The treatment is t…

    Wart Treatment
    July 24, 2000
    Wart Treatment

    Dr. Greene's Answer: Under a magnifying glass the roughened surface of a wart often looks like a tiny cauliflower. The little black dots sometimes seen are the ends of blood vessels that the wart has …

    What are Warts?
    July 24, 2000
    What are Warts?

    Dr. Greene's Answer: Warts are infections caused by viruses that are present everywhere, making them among the most common of all childhood skin conditions. The culprit will be one of more than 70 typ…

    Sunscreen Prevents Moles
    June 15, 2000
    Sunscreen Prevents Moles

    A study in the June 14th, 2000 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) reported that sunscreen reduces the formation of moles in Caucasian children, especially children with fr…

    Capillary Hemangioma
    June 12, 2000
    Capillary Hemangioma

    A capillary hemangioma is a bright red birthmark that can sometimes be the most noticeable feature of a little baby. Hemangiomas often don't appear until a baby is a month old, and can continue to gro…

    Treating Head Lice
    September 20, 1999
    Treating Head Lice

    Dr. Greene's Answer: As I picked up the chart in my inbox, I glanced down to see what the nurse had written. "Lice." Just looking at the word made my head itch. Entering the exam room, I could tell th…

    Getting Rid of Resistant Lice
    September 20, 1999
    Getting Rid of Resistant Lice

    Dr. Greene's Answer: As a last resort for extra resistant lice, the Red Book 2000 mentions two prescription creams -- Lindane and Malathion. To me these cures are worse than the disease -- both for th…

    Southern tick-associated erythema migrans-like illness
    August 27, 1999
    Southern tick-associated erythema migrans-like illness

    A new infectious disease has been described, having caused documented illnesses in Georgia, Missouri, North Carolina, Texas, and Virginia (Pediatric News. 33(7):12, 1999). This disease, transmitted vi…

    Diagnosing Head Lice
    August 27, 1999
    Diagnosing Head Lice

    Dr. Greene's Answer: Lice have been a nuisance to humans since ancient times. They have thrived almost wherever humans have been in prolonged close contact with each other. One notable exception to th…

    What Do Head Lice Look Like
    August 27, 1999
    Head Lice

    Dr. Greene's Answer: Adult lice are six-legged, wingless insects 2-4 mm long. They have translucent grayish-white bodies, and look a bit like a grain of rice with six legs. Their heads have two tiny e…

    Help for Eczema
    August 12, 1999
    Help for Eczema

    I received a letter from a mother in St. Clair, Missouri, who reported that she found that her daughter's eczema improved with daily bathing. Eczema is a condition with dry, sensitive skin. Convention…

    Psoriasis
    May 24, 1999
    What is Psoriasis?

    Dr. Greene's Answer: Any child with a chronic or recurrent rash that is unresponsive to prescribed treatment deserves a trip to a pediatric dermatologist. With psoriasis, most kids have seen several d…

    Growing Understanding about what Causes Psoriasis
    May 24, 1999
    Growing Understanding about what Causes Psoriasis

    Dr. Greene's Answer: The first step toward successful treatment of any rash is to correctly identify it. Any child with a chronic or recurrent rash that is unresponsive to prescribed treatment deserve…

    New Treatments for Psoriasis
    May 24, 1999
    New Treatments for Psoriasis

    For years, the mainstays of psoriasis treatment have been steroid creams, coal tar preparations, and moisturizers. For mild rashes, these have been sufficient. For severe psoriasis, people have resort…

    Fast Facts about Psoriasis
    May 24, 1999
    Fast Facts about Psoriasis

    Psoriasis is often not even considered in children because the average age of onset is 28 years. (more…)…

    Infantile Acne
    April 8, 1999
    Infantile Acne

    Dr. Greene's Answer: Toddlers often have the cutest little faces! How frustrating when acne gets in the way. When most people think of acne, they think of the pimples that affect about 80% of teens as…

    Cold Urticaria
    February 8, 1999
    Cold Urticaria

    Dr. Greene`s Answer: Some people develop hives on the skin when they encounter cold temperatures. This condition, called cold urticaria, is the most common type of hives caused by a physical condition…