Dermatology is the branch of medicine which addresses the study, diagnosis and treatment of all diseases which affect the skin or which are related to it. It is also responsible for the prevention of all said diseases. Dermatologists, in addition to diagnosing and treating diseases of the skin, also have surgical knowledge because in many cases the proper treatment is surgical. Furthermore, they come into contact with other medical specialities such as immunology and endocrinology.
What is a dermatologist?
Dermatologists are also known as skin doctors or skin specialists,. Training to become a dermatologist starts by the doctor first qualifying in general medicine, and then undergoing four years of additional in order to specialise as a dermatologist.
Dermatology involves both medical and surgical aspects. Due to the range of conditions that fall under dermatology and the number of possible treatments, dermatologists often work with a variety of other specialists, such as oncologists, endocrinologists and plastic and reconstructive surgeons to give the patient the treatment they need.
What conditions does a dermatologist treat?
Dermatologists treat a wide variety of conditions affecting the skin, scalp, hair and nails. This encompasses a wide variety of conditions, including: