- The skin is the largest organ of the human body.
- Conditions such as acne, eczema, psoriasis, rash and other skin irritations are often treated by primary care physicians as well as specialists in dermatology.
- New and changing moles, non-healing wounds, and other unexplained changes in the skin should be examined by a physician.
A Dermatologist is trained to diagnose and treat pediatric and adult patients with disorders of the skin, mouth, external genitalia, hair and nails, as well as a number of sexually transmitted diseases. The Dermatologist has had additional training and experience in the diagnosis and treatment of skin cancers, melanomas, moles and other tumors of the skin, the management of contact dermatitis and other allergic and non-allergic skin disorders, and in the recognition of the skin manifestations of systemic (including internal malignancy) and infectious diseases.
Dermatologists have special training in dermatopathology and in the surgical techniques used in dermatology. They also have expertise in the management of cosmetic disorders of the skin such as hair loss and scars and the skin changes associated with aging—American Board of Medical Specialties.