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What is a dermatologist?

The skin is the largest organ of the body. A dermatologist is a doctor who specializes in diseases and conditions of the skin, hair, and nails.

Dermatologists treat infections such as chicken pox, warts, impetigo, and tinea, as well as acne, psoriasis, eczema, moles, skin cancer, and autoimmune diseases such as lupus. While some conditions are more serious than others, even mild skin disorders can harm a child’s emotional well-being, especially a teenager’s.

What kinds of conditions does a dermatologist treat?

Following are some of the common skin diseases our dermatologists treat:

  • Acne is a condition affecting many children and teens. It can range from mild to severe and can affect your child’s self-esteem.
  • Allergic rashes are often caused by poison ivy, poison oak, or exposure to chemicals in detergents and clothing.
  • Atopic dermatitis is also known as eczema. This condition, which is genetically linked to hay fever and asthma, shows up as extremely dry, flaky, and irritated skin. Like acne, it can sometimes make children self-conscious about their appearance and affect their performance at school.
  • Fungal and bacterial infections include such commonly diagnosed conditions as ringworm and impetigo.

Specialists here also treat more serious skin conditions, including psoriasis and symptoms associated with lupus.

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