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Conditions Treated by Dermatologists

Syphilis is a bacterial infection. It is spread by sexual contact. If left untreated, it can cause brain, nerve, tissue damage, and death.

Sunburn is the term for red, sometimes swollen and painful skin. It is caused by overexposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun. Sunburn can vary from mild to severe. The extent depends on skin type and amount of exposure to the sun. Sunburn is a serious risk factor for skin cancer and for sun damage.

Ringworm is a fungal infection of the skin. Despite its name, it has nothing at all to do with worms. Fungal infection may appear on the skin, nails, hands, feet, or scalp. Both adults and children can be affected, but it occurs most commonly in children. Fungal infection of the feet is sometimes called Athlete's Foot.

Plantar Warts
Plantar warts are growths on the soles of the feet. They are often mistaken for Calluses and Corns. The warts are different because they are caused by a virus.

Moles are small growths on the skin. They typically appear as light to dark brown spots on the skin that are either flat or raised. Most people have benign moles, which are harmless.

Cold Sores
Cold sores are small, painful, fluid-filled blisters, usually on the lips or gums.

Herpes Simplex on the Lips

Athlete's Foot
Athlete's foot (tinea pedis) is a common, highly contagious fungal infection that is characterized by itching, flaking and cracking of the skin. The infection typically develops on the skin between the toes or on the sole of the foot, though the fungi that cause the infection can travel to the rest of the foot or body if left untreated. Athlete's foot is a superficial fungal infection, meaning it affects a specific area on the external surface of the skin, making it easier to treat than a more widespread systemic infection.[NIH/Athlete'sFoot][WebMD/Athlete'sFoot]

Acne occurs when the pores of the skin become clogged, inflamed, and sometimes infected. These clogged pores can result in blackheads, whiteheads, or pimples. Acne tends to occur in teenagers, but can also occur in adults.

Eczema is actually just another word for dermatitis, which is an inflammation of the skin. There are many types of dermatitis, but the term eczema has come to be associated with a specific type of dermatitis, called atopic dermatitis. Atopic dermatitis is a chronic, noncontagious condition that causes itchy, inflamed skin. Atopic dermatitis (eczema) most commonly affects the insides of the elbows, the backs of the knees, and the face, but it can affect any area of the body and in rare cases may cover most of the body.

Shingles (herpes zoster) is an infection caused by the same virus that causes Chickenpox (varicella-zoster virus). Even decades after you've recovered from chickenpox, inactive copies of the varicella-zoster virus live within your nerves. If these viruses become reactivated, then you develop shingles.

Dermatologist Frequently Asked Questions

What Conditions does a Dermatologist Treat?

A dermatologist may treat a wide range of conditions including acne, psoriasis, rosacea, skin cancer, wrinkles, sun spots, warts, rashes, pigmentation problems, bacterial or fungal infections of the skin and nails, spider and varicose veins, sun damage, and more. Whether you have a condition that is aggravating or inflaming your skin, a skin condition caused by an allergy, acne, or other serious conditions like cancer, you should seek a good dermatologist near you.

What Procedures do Dermatologists Perform?

Depending on the diagnosis, a dermatologist may perform a shave biopsy, punch biopsy, blister grafting, grenz rays, UVB phototherapy, PUVA phototherapy, electrodesiccation and curettage, intralesional injections, cryosurgery (cryotherapy), acne surgery, chemical peels, eyelid surgery, dermabrasion, laser hair removal, tattoo removal, lip augmentation, neck liposuction, hair removal, hair transplantation, tumescent liposuction, topical therapies, blepharoplasty, botulinum toxin (Botox) injections, sclerotherapy, Mohs' micrographic surgery, skin cancer surgery, and minimally-invasive facelift surgery (S-lift).

When Should I See a Dermatologist?

It is recommended that you see a dermatologist in the following scenarios. If you notice a change in the size, shape, or color of any moles on your body. If a cut seems like it should've healed but has yet to improve, it could be an indication of something more serious. If you're not seeing any improvement with a rash or psoriasis after using over-the-counter (OTC) medications. If your acne has become worse or has begun scarring and changing the texture of your skin. If you have acne, atopic dermatitis, rosacea, pemphigus, porphyria, cutaneous lupus, or skin cancer you should consult with a dermatologist.

What Should I Consider When Choosing a Dermatologist?

When selecting a local dermatologist, here are a few questions to ask:

  • Does your office accept my insurance?
  • Are you Board Certified?
  • Do you use electronic medical records?
  • If I notice a problem, how quickly can I get an appointment?
  • Do you offer evening or weekend hours?
  • Will I be seeing you or an assistant when I visit?
  • Does the doctor specialize in any specific area?
  • How many times have you performed this specific procedure?
  • Do you have patient references available?
  • How often should I be evaluated for skin cancer?
  • What can I do to improve the appearance of my skin?

Finding a Dermatologist

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