Dermatology is the branch of medicine that deals with the study of skin problems and diseases.

What does a dermatologist do?

A specialist in dermatology is concerned with the diseases that affect the skin, hair, nails, and mucous membranes. The doctor can treat patients of any age.

What diseases are treated by a dermatologists?

The diseases that can be treated by a dermatologists include infections of the skin and subcutaneous tissue, bullous diseases such as pemphigus and pemphigoid, dermatitis such as atopic, seborrheic, contact, and diaper rash, eczema, mycosis, warts, hives, erythema, itching, vitiligo and other pigmentation disorders such as seborrheic keratosis, and acanthosis nigricans. Others include papulosquamous disorders of the skin such as psoriasis, porokeratosis, pityriasis rosea, and lichen planus and some types of tumors and conditions affecting skin appendages like nail disorders, alopecia, hair loss, hirsutism, acne, rosacea, follicular cysts, and other disorders of the hair follicle.

What are the procedures used by a dermatologists?

The procedures most often used by a dermatologist include skin biopsy, ТpeelingУ by applying a chemical solution on the skin which removes the outermost layer, ТcryotherapyУ by the application of liquid nitrogen on lesions such as warts to freeze them with the aim of eliminating them, dermabrasion for the treatment of scars, wrinkles, and tattoos, and laser surgery to remove a variety of skin lesions such as tumors, warts, tattoos, birthmarks, scars, and wrinkles.

When should a patient visit a dermatologist?

A patient can visit a dermatologist if they are displaying symptoms that can be traced back to a disorder that affects the skin, hair, nails, or mucous membranes. After the age of 30, it is always recommended to visit a dermatologist even in the absence of symptoms in order to evaluate the health of the skin, hair, nails, and mucous membranes.