This page provides some background information to help you understand what a dermatologist is and whether is the right specialist for you.
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A dermatologist is a doctor who investigates and treats skin, nails, hair and its diseases or cosmetic problems.
In the UK, to become a dermatologist it is necessary to complete a training in Dermatology which lasts for four years (one of the admission requirements is to be a member of the Royal College of Physicians and therefore to have a degree in medicine).
Dermatologists treat numerous conditions, which may appear very similar. For this reason, it is important to remember that many of them can be diagnosed only after a visit with a specialist.
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The most common conditions are:
Fungal infections (such as candida);
After collecting information regarding the medical history and health problems of the patient, the dermatologist will carry out an examination (it could be a thorough examination of the whole skin or involve only the affected area, depending on the symptoms).
The main investigations used by a dermatologist are: swabs, blood tests, skin scrapings, allergy tests, skin biopsy and patch and skin prick tests.
Many conditions can be treated with medication and non-invasive therapy, but others may require surgical intervention. The specialist who carries out surgical procedures and invasive treatments is called dermatologic surgeon.
The common treatments used in dermatologic surgery are: age spot and birthmark correction, skin cancer, scar improvement and vein treatments.