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Frequently Asked Questions

What is dermatology?

Dermatology is a diverse specialty concerned with the physiology and pathology of the skin, hair and nails.

How are different dermatology diseases and disorders treated?

Treatments range from a wide variety of surgical and non-surgical procedures, which include topical medications as well as preventive measures for skin disease and cancer.

What are dermatoses and dermatitis?

Dermatoses is a general term to describe any skin defect or lesion. Dermatitis is inflammation of the skin. Symptoms associated with dermatitis include itching, redness and possibly blistering.

What are some of the more common problems seen in dermatology?

Acne, warts, psoriasis, melanoma (malignant skin cancer), dandruff (seborrheic dermatitis), eczema, bacterial skin infections, and rosacea.

Why is it important to treat skin disorders and diseases quickly and thoroughly?

If left untreated, skin disorders can spread rapidly and, at the least, become increasingly uncomfortable and significantly unattractive. More serious concerns regarding untreated skin disease include the disease spreading, damaging surrounding tissue, or skin breakdown. Certain skin cancers can lead to significant tissue destruction, metastases, or potentially a fatal outcome.