General Dermatology

Your skin, it's the largest organ in your body. Its function is to protect the internal body, regulate temperature, waterproof and provide the first line of immunity against the environment and pathogens. Its study is called dermatology.

Dermatology (from Greek derma, "skin") is a branch of medicine dealing with the skin, its structure, functions and diseases, as well as its appendages (nails, hair, sweat glands). Dermatology is a diverse specialty encompassing disorders and diseases of the skin, mucous membranes, hair and nails and a number of sexually transmitted diseases. Dermatologists deal with a wide variety of diseases including acne, warts, multiple inflammatory dermatoses, skin cancers, autoimmune diseases, occupational dermatoses and contact dermatitis. A doctor who practices dermatology is a dermatologist.

A dermatologist is a physician who is trained to evaluate and manage pediatric and adult patients with benign and malignant disorders of the skin (also called the integument system), hair, nails and adjacent mucous membranes. A dermatologist has had additional training and experience in the following:

  • The diagnosis and treatment of skin cancers, melanomas, moles, and other tumors of the skin.
  • The management of contact dermatitis and other inflammatory skin disorders.
  • The recognition of the skin manifestations of systemic and infectious diseases.
  • Surgical techniques used in dermatology.
  • Dermatologists also manage cosmetic disorders of the skin, including hair loss, scars, and the skin changes associated with aging.