Our skin is a very complex organism with diverse tasks, in many aspects, irreplaceable. The condition of the skin mirrors our inner balance. Diseases that attack the skin, besides being unpleasant, are often readily visible and obvious and may be an indication not only of our physical health but also of our psychological state. Medical science has made great progress in the treatment of dermatologic diseases, eradicating many skin diseases (i.e., acne, psoriasis, rosacea, etc.) that had made life miserable for countless of patients.
When should you turn to a dermatologist?
Our skin is there for the whole world to see and any problems that develop thereon is easily seen, prompting us to consult a dermatologist. These problems may be acute, at times combined with subjective complaints (i.e., insect bites, allergic skin diseases such eczema and nettle rash, bacterial, fungal or viral infections) or they may be chronic skin complaints lasting several years, such as psoriasis and eczema.
Some skin diseases (i.e., skin cancer) may go unnoticed for several years due to the fact that they do not cause complaints and may be well hidden (i.e., folds of the body, the genital area, soles). For these reasons, we encourage regular screening examinations.
Some skin conditions, such as benign skin growths (i.e., fibromas located in folds or on the neck) cannot truly be categorized as a disease: These principally cause aesthetic problems, may be bothersome due to their location and are removed for cosmetic reasons. The appendage of the skin is hair. The loss of hair, aside from the cyclical natural loss, may be due to internal causes that would be well worth investigating.
What happens during a dermatologic examination?
1. Detailed medical history is taken, including the family medical history if required by the dermatological problem.
2. Physical examination may not be only of the area of the skin in question, but, of the whole body surface. In the case of moles, a detailed examination will be performed with a dermatoscope.
3. In some cases, a biopsy may need to be taken and further tests and examinations (i.e., laboratory tests, examination by an internist, etc.) may be ordered.
4. Benign tumors and viral warts will be removed by electro cauterization or liquid nitrogen.
5. Therapy treatment will be discussed and set up, if needed.
6. Long term care and treatment planned, if needed.
7. Other special tests performed:
- Video dermatoscopy: for the diagnosis of moles
- Trichogram examination: for evaluation of hair loss
- Epicutaneous test: for skin allergies
Why consult a dermatologist at the Buda Health Center?
Our dermatologists are well trained and have experience in treating not only everyday skin problems but also the unusual seldom encountered cases. All ages are treated, from infants to the elderly.