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Dermatology & Children

Dermatology and Children

Dermatology is the branch of medicine concerned with skin, hair and nails and the conditions that affect them.

All Sam McCauley Pharmacists have recently attended a training course on dermatology. The speakers included Dr. Liam Dunne, a GP in Bunclody, with many years of experience dealing with skincare queries and Dr. Anne-Marie McGinley of The Weir Clinic, Bandon, County Cork.

Both doctors have a wealth of knowledge and a great interest in dermatology and Dr. McGinley has recently completed a Masters degree in allergies including food and paediatric allergy.

Any dermatological disease that can affect adults can affect children. There are many common dermatological conditions that present during childhood and teenage years and below are listed some of the more common ones.


  • Eczema can be a particularly distressing condition for children as they find it difficult to resist the urge to scratch the skin, thus greatly exacerbating the condition. For mild to moderate eczema, topical emollients are used to reduce water loss from the skin, preventing the dryness normally associated with eczema. There are a wide variety of products available to assist with this and our pharmacists can advise you of exactly how best to use them to ensure that flare-ups are kept to a minimum.
  • Verrucas and warts are very common in children and they're generally harmless and tend to go away on their own, but this can take months or even years. There are several treatments that you can try at home to help get rid of warts and verrucas, and our pharmacists in Sam McCauley Chemists can advise on the most suitable treatment for your child.
  • What's That? Wondering about that rash, or bump on your child's skin? Sickness, allergies, and heat or cold are often behind children’s skin changes. Most aren't serious and are easy to treat. However, if you are unsure call to one of our Sam McCauley Chemists and our pharmacist can advise whether this can be treated over the counter.
  • Acne is a skin disease that occurs when hair follicles are clogged with dead skin cells and oil from the skin. Acne is characterized by areas of blackheads or whiteheads, pimples, and greasy skin. It commonly occurs in adolescence and affects an estimated 80–90% of teenagers! There are many treatment options available, including lifestyle changes, medications, and medical procedures. We can advise on the treatment options available to help reduce the incidence and improve the appearance of acne.

All of our pharmacies have private consultation rooms where we can advise you of the treatment options for your child and decide which is the most suitable, or where necessary advise you to attend your local GP.

Our Sam McCauley pharmacists are experienced in dealing with children - many of them are parents themselves and they recognise the importance of educating both the parent and the child to ensure the best outcome because we know that a happy child is a happy parent.


For more information talk to your local Sam McCauley Pharmacist