A dermatologist is a physician specialized in treating skin, hair, nail, and mucous membrane disorders. Dermatologists are trained to provide a diagnosis and treatment of benign and malignant for skin cancers, moles, melanomas, and other tumors of the skin. They provide management of contact dermatitis and other inflammatory skin disorders. Dermatologists are experts in the microscopic diagnosis of diseases of the skin, which includes the examination and interpretation of tissue sections, cellular scraping, and smears of skin lesions by means of a microscope. Dermatologists are generally seen by appointment, which is usually arranged with a referral from a general practitioner but can be self arranged.
When would I need a Dermatologist?
A visit with a dermatologist will be needed every year for screening of skin cancer such as melanoma, especially for those with high sun exposure. It is also useful for those who need help maintaining healthy skin and need a skin care plan, when symptoms of skin disease appear or when current therapy is ineffective. An appointment may be necessary if you are experiencing any unusual symptoms with skin, hair, or nails. An appointment can be arranged to discuss cosmetic treatment for those with sensitive skin, acne, dealing with hair loss, etc.
How can a Dermatologist help me?
The expertise of dermatologist can provide a diagnosis, rapid cure, or good management will decrease cost and suffering. Some common conditions dermatologists help treat are vitiligo, acne, dermatitis and eczema, fungal infections, hair disorders, nail problems, psoriasis, rosacea, skin cancer, shingles, or herpes zoster, and warts.
What should I expect when I see a Dermatologist?
The visit will start with lifestyle and medical history. It is important for the doctor to be aware of what medications or any health problems or personal habits that may impact your skin. The dermatologist may perform a full-body skin check to look for any troublesome moles or signs of other skin conditions. The dermatologist may suggest to remove skin lesions deserving microscopic examination by surgical intervention.
The dermatologist will then examine the problem that brought you to the appointment.