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Welcome to Blue Wave Pediatrics in Clearwater. Skin conditions and rashes can be concerning for parents and uncomfortable for children. Our experienced medical team is here to provide expert care, diagnosis, and treatment for various skin conditions, ranging from eczema and head lice to cold sores and oral thrush, ensuring your child’s health and comfort.

Prompt Diagnosis & Treatment

Blue Wave Pediatrics in Clearwater offers comprehensive care for a wide range of skin conditions and rashes affecting children. Our dedicated team of healthcare professionals understands the unique needs of young patients and provides individualized treatment plans. From common conditions like eczema, sunburn, and diaper rash to more complex issues, we strive to deliver accurate diagnoses and effective treatments in a comforting and child-friendly environment. Rest assured, your child’s skin health is in capable hands.

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Types Of Skin Conditions & Rashes

Diaper Rash

Diaper rash is a common skin condition that affects infants and young children. It occurs due to prolonged exposure to wetness, friction, and the irritants present in urine and feces. The rash appears as red, irritated patches in the diaper area, causing discomfort and sometimes even pain. Proper diaper hygiene, frequent changes, and using protective creams can help prevent and treat diaper rash effectively.


Eczema, also known as atopic dermatitis, is a chronic condition characterized by dry, itchy, and inflamed skin. It often begins in early childhood and can persist into adulthood. Eczema can be triggered by various factors, including irritants, allergens, stress, and changes in temperature or humidity. Treatment involves moisturizing the skin, avoiding triggers, and using topical corticosteroids or other prescribed medications to manage flare-ups.

Swimmer's Ear

Swimmer’s ear, medically known as otitis externa, is an infection of the ear canal caused by water remaining in the ear after swimming or bathing. It creates a moist environment that promotes bacterial or fungal growth, leading to pain, itching, redness, and inflammation. Treatment involves keeping the ear dry, using ear drops with antibiotics or antifungal medications, and, in severe cases, oral antibiotics.

Oral Thrush

Oral thrush is a fungal infection caused by Candida yeast. It typically appears as white patches on the tongue, inner cheeks, throat, or roof of the mouth. Infants, individuals with weakened immune systems, or those using certain medications are more prone to developing oral thrush. Antifungal medications, such as oral rinses or lozenges, are commonly prescribed to treat the infection and restore oral health.

Poison Ivy, Oak & Sumac Rash

Contact with poison ivy, oak, or sumac plants can cause an allergic reaction resulting in an itchy, blistering rash. These plants release an oil called urushiol, which triggers the immune system response. The rash appears within a day or two after exposure and can last for weeks. Treatment includes washing the affected area, applying over-the-counter creams, and, in severe cases, oral corticosteroids or antihistamines.

Hives & Rashes

Hives are raised, itchy welts that can appear anywhere on the body. They are typically triggered by an allergic reaction to food, medication, insect bites, or infections. Rashes, on the other hand, can have various causes, including viral or bacterial infections, allergic reactions, autoimmune diseases, or certain medications. Treatment involves identifying and avoiding triggers and using antihistamines or topical corticosteroids.


Sunburn occurs when the skin is overexposed to the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays. It leads to redness, pain, and sometimes blistering of the affected areas. Sunburn increases the risk of skin damage and skin cancer. Prevention involves wearing protective clothing, using sunscreen with a high SPF, seeking shade, and avoiding sun exposure during peak hours. Treatment includes applying cool compresses and moisturizers and taking pain relievers.

Head Lice

Head lice are tiny insects that infest the scalp and hair, particularly in children. They spread through close contact or by sharing personal items such as combs or hats. Common symptoms include persistent itching and the presence of small eggs (nits) attached to hair strands. Treatment involves using prescription shampoos specifically formulated to kill lice and meticulously combing the hair to remove nits.

Cold Sores

Cold sores, or fever blisters, are caused by the herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1). They typically appear as small, fluid-filled blisters around the mouth or on the lips. Cold sores are contagious and can be triggered by stress, fever, sun exposure, or a weakened immune system. Antiviral medications or topical creams can help reduce symptoms and promote faster healing.

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Blue Wave Pediatrics is ready to provide expert care for your child’s skin conditions and rashes in Clearwater. Don’t let discomfort or worry linger—schedule a consultation with our experienced medical team today. We offer a child-friendly environment, personalized treatment plans, and a commitment to your child’s well-being. Take the first step toward healthier, happier skin for your little one by contacting us for all of your pediatric needs.

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