A friend of mine who is from Europe and currently living in New Braunfels. She is a skin care specialist in New Braunfels. She told me that a dermatologist is the medical expert you should consult if you have any significant problem with your skin. Dermatology is the science that is concerned with the diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the skin, hair and nails.
A dermatologist (dur-meh-tol-uh-jist) is a doctor who specializes in treating the:
- Mucous membranes (e.g., lining inside the mouth, nose, and eyelids.)
Dermatologists diagnose and treat more than 3,000 different diseases. These diseases include skin cancer, eczema, acne, psoriasis, and nail infections. Dermatologists also improve the appearance of their patients’ skin, hair, and nails. For example, a dermatologist can help patients:
- Diminish wrinkles, age spots, and other signs of aging.
- Have less noticeable acne scars.
- Look more like themselves after surgery to remove skin cancer.
Dermatologists see patients of all ages — from newborns to people older than 100 years of age.
How many people get skin disease?
The skin is the largest and most visible organ of the body. It reflects the health of the body and acts as a barrier against injury and bacteria. Unfortunately, at one time or another, nearly everyone has some type of skin disease – infants, children, teenagers, adults and the elderly. One in six (15%) of all visits to the family doctor (GP) involves a skin problem.
A dermatologist should be consulted by anyone with symptoms of a disease affecting the skin, hair, nails or mucous membranes. A dermatologist can also be consulted by anyone with more cosmetic concerns about the appearance of their skin, hair and nails – in this instance, a specialized cosmetic dermatologist may be preferable.
Particular conditions or concerns warrant referral to or consultation with specific types of dermatologist, such as: Cosmetic dermatologists, who specialize in treatments designed to enhance a person’s appearance; dermatopathologists, who specialize in diagnosing diseases of the skin, hair, and nails by examining samples under a microscope; and Mohs surgeons, who specialize in treating skin cancer with Mohs surgery