Dermatology 101: Everything you need to know

Dermatologists are doctors who diagnose, investigate, treat and manage the conditions of
children and adults with skin disease, as well as hair and nail complaints.
Treatment used for many things not limited to but including the following;
● Eczema
● Psoriasis
● Acne
● Severe drug rashes
● Vitiligo
● Dermatitis
● Fungal Infections
● Hair Disorders
● Nail problems
● Rosacea
● Skin Cancer
● Shingles
● Warts

Dermatologists don’t only do cosmetic procedures. They deal primarily with skin disorders,
such as psoriasis, allergic and intrinsic eczema, lupus, acne, hair and nail disorders. They
also diagnose skin cancer, and some specialize in the surgical removal of difficult skin

Many infectious and internal diseases have skin signs. These include the fingernail
pigmentation that indicates arsenic poisoning; the dry, scaly skin of hypothyroidism; the
yellowing of the skin in liver failure; rashes (for example, the butterfly-shaped facial rash that
is found in lupus; the red bumps over the skin of the joints typical of dermatomyositis; and
the soft-tissue benign tumors that can indicate Cowden’s syndrome, which predisposes to
breast, thyroid and uterine cancers); and the pinpoint red spots that can be a sign of vasculitis,
septicemia, low platelet counts or leukemia.

Dermatology is far more than skin deep. So, if you see something, say something; an
unexplained rash or skin lesion could be the sign of something significant.

Usually, Dermatologists can only be found in hospitals and seen by referral only from a GP.
However, here at CP Medical Clinic, we have our own Dermatologist available for
appointment bookings, reducing your wait time and allowing you to achieve the care you need.

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