Skin Problems in Infancy and Old Age

Skin Problems in Infancy and Old Age

Skin Conditions in Newborns

  • Desquamation, also known as skin peeling, affects most infants in the initial days of life. This is more common if the baby is born after the due date.
  • Cradle Cap is a scalp rash that develops in newborns & slightly older kids. This rash can also occur as diaper, neck or underarm rash.
  • Milia are tiny white colored bumps that appear on the face. These are cysts filled with keratin and sebum.
  • Newborn Acne develops as pimples or blackheads on the forehead or none. This happens when baby’s glands produce more sebum than necessary.
  • Erythema Toxicum appears as rash of small red dots on the face, chest, arms or back.
  • Transient Pustular Melanosis is a skin disorder in which the white raised bumps appear on baby’s chest, back or buttocks.

Skin Conditions in Elderly

  • Senile Purpura is a condition in which the blood vessels get disrupted causing bruises
  • Xerosis is a type of eczema that occurs on the dry areas of the skin. These appear as scaly and red patches
  • Ringworm Infections commonly occur on nails or feet with redness & blisters
  • Blistering Eruptions such as Herpes Zoster, also known as Shingles can develop in the elderly. They appear as a patch of blisters on one side of the body & cause severe pain
  • Stasis Dermatitis is condition that develops in elderly persons as a result of poor blood circulation