At Memorial Healthcare in Owosso, MI, dermatology services are offered by independent physicians on our active medical staff. These dermatologists have the knowledge and skills to treat skin cancer and various conditions related to the skin, hair, nails, and mucous membranes.
What Do Dermatologists Do?
The skin is the largest organ of the human body, and it protects the internal organs from outside bacteria and disease. It also helps maintain internal temperature and can indicate whether a person is sick. Dermatology plays an integral role in the diagnosis and treatment of skin, nail, hair, and membrane disorders, including:
- Skin cancer
- Cold sore
- Fungal infections
- Nail fungus
- Hair loss
Dermatologists are the physicians who diagnose these conditions and help sufferers manage them. They typically work in practices and may collaborate with other specialists to craft the most effective care plans for patients. They conduct different procedures to guide diagnoses and treatments, such as skin biopsies and ultraviolet (UV) light therapy.
In some cases, they utilize cosmetic solutions, such as chemical peels, to help patients overcome skin problems. Additionally, dermatologists can detect symptoms on the skin that may point toward organ disease or similar internal issues. Some dermatologists have the capabilities to help patients with AIDS maintain healthier skin.
When To Seek Dermatologic Care
The American Academy of Dermatology states that skin diseases alone impact one in four Americans every year. Therefore, many people should get professional medical assistance with skin health. However, it can be difficult for patients to determine when to schedule an appointment with a dermatologist. Below are several situations where an individual may need dermatologic care:
Persistent Skin Discomfort
As a protective barrier for the human body, skin experiences wear and tear every day. People may break out in hives due to an allergic reaction or experience scarring after a cut or scrape. While many of these blemishes go away after a short time, others may linger for months. When skin irritation or marks last longer than usual, patients should seek medical treatment. Rashes, dark spots, irregular moles, and similar features may signify an underlying skin issue.
Chronic Skin Disorders
Chronic skin conditions such as acne and eczema typically do not go away without medical treatment or lifestyle changes. People suffering from these issues can attain guidance for minimizing their symptoms from a dermatologist. These physicians will more accurately diagnose the condition and provide tools and procedures for managing the skin problem.
Deciding on Skincare Products
Many people use products that promote better skincare in their lives, but the advertising for these items can be misleading. One skincare product may work for one person and not the other, and some can exacerbate skin issues. Dermatologists can help patients understand their skin’s sensitivity and explain what products they will most benefit from using. They also may provide prescriptions for creams or ointments not available in drug stores.
Since skin conditions are difficult to self-diagnose and symptoms may come and go, people should consider getting a check-up from a dermatologist each year. The dermatologist can look over the skin and identify potential issues that would otherwise go unnoticed.