What is a dermatologist?

A dermatologist is a doctor who specialises in diseases of the skin.

What medical conditions do dermatologists treat?

Any condition that affects the skin alone, or any systemic disease that has manifestations that affect the skin.
Examples include:

  • Eczema
  • Psoriasis
  • Skin cancers
  • Acne

What to expect at a dermatology appointment

History

Your dermatologist will ask about your skin condition. When it began, whether you are aware of what makes it better or worse, any associated symptoms and treatments to date.

Examination

The dermatolgist will begin by looking at the area of skin involved. They will usually examine the skin of the entire body to exclude other areas of involvement. They will also examine the mucous membranes – eyes and mouth particularly.

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Specialty areas of interest

Most dermatologists have a wide range of practice. Specific areas of interest include:

  • Paediatric dermatology

Associated tests

  • Skin biopsy
  • Skin scrapings
  • Wood’s lamp examination
  • Blood tests

Procedures

  • Biopsy
  • PUVA

Training and qualifications

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This article is for informational purposes only and should not be taken as medical advice. If in doubt, HealthEngine recommends consulting with a registered health practitioner.