Q. What treatment can be had for scratch marks in a 4-year-old?

Answered by
Dr. Kakkar
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
Published on May 14, 2018

Hello doctor,

My daughter who is 4 years old had got a scratch mark three months ago. It has left a brown mark. It is a little white in the middle. Is it a scar? Will it go away soon? I have attached few images for your reference.

Dr. Kakkar

Dermatology HIV/AIDS Specialist Venereology


Welcome to icliniq.com.

I have noted your concern and I have viewed the images (attachment removed to protect patient identity).

  • She has some postinflammatory pigmentary changes at the site of the trauma, that is hyperpigmentation and hypopigmentation. However, there is nothing to worry as this would ultimately disappear.
  • I suggest you use a moderately potent topical steroid cream like Fluticasone propionate 0.05% or Triamcinolone Acetonide 0.1% cream twice daily for three to four weeks. Consult your specialist doctor, discuss with him or her and take the medicines with their consent.
  • These need prescription medications and I suggest you talk to your local practitioner regarding the same.


For more information consult a dermatologist online --> https://www.icliniq.com/ask-a-doctor-online/dermatologist

Thank you doctor,

So this is not a scar? Will it go away for sure and leave no marks? How long do you think it will take to heal?

Dr. Kakkar

Dermatology HIV/AIDS Specialist Venereology


Welcome back to icliniq.com.

  • Yes, it should improve significantly in about one to three months on regular use of the medication that I suggested. Again, consult your specialist doctor, discuss with him or her and with their consent take the medicines.
  • It should go away completely with time.


For more information consult a dermatologist online --> https://www.icliniq.com/ask-a-doctor-online/dermatologist

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