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Healthcare Concerns: Dermatology

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Dermatology is a science in medicine that deals with the skin, hair, nails and their diseases and a doctor who specializes in dermatology is called a dermatologist. Dermatologists can also help their patients with cosmetic concerns by making acne scars less noticeable and diminishing the signs of aging such as wrinkles and age spots. They can also help the patient look like themselves again after surgery for skin cancer.

What Are The Common Concerns People Go to Dermatologists For?

Dermatologists are trained in treating a wide variety of skin, hair and nail conditions; from serious diseases to cosmetic treatments. To find a doctor in your area, you might want to check out online review sites like Healthgrades, Vitals or Better Doctor, which will offer an insight into each dermatologist. Here are some of the most common concerns that people see a dermatologist for.

Acne is a common skin concern that is often associated with adolescence; however, it can also be a concern among adults. It is a disorder that causes unsightly bumps, aka pimples, when the passageways from the pores to the oil glands get clogged. Hormones are the most known factor in causing acne and the pimples can range from blackheads to large cystic acne. Even though there are many acne treatments on the market today, some cases of acne can benefit from the treatment of a dermatologist. Treatments for acne by a dermatologist include prescription strength topical medications as well as oral medications.

Eczema is a group of conditions that causes the skin to itch and become inflamed or irritated. The three common types of eczema are allergic contact dermatitis, nummular dermatitis and atopic dermatitis. Patients who visit a dermatologist with symptoms of eczema are assessed to determine the kind they have. After a diagnosis is made, the patient is given the proper treatment for their condition.

Skin cancer is one of the most common forms of cancer and it affects 1 and every 5 Americans. The three types of skin cancer are melanoma, basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma with 75 percent of skin cancer deaths being from melanoma. The two most common causes of skin cancer are genetics and excessive ultraviolet exposure. Dermatologists are well versed in diagnosing and treating skin cancer early.

Rosacea is a common skin condition that affects the skin on the face that causes redness in the cheeks, nose, chin and forehead. Blood vessels can also become visible in this condition and it can be mistaken for acne. With a proper diagnosis by a dermatologist, symptoms of rosacea can be treated with medications and in some cases, surgery.