Dermatology is the branch of medicine dealing with the skin. It is a speciality with both medical and surgical aspects. A dermatologist is a specialist medical doctor who manages diseases related to skin, hair, nails, and some cosmetic problems.

     1.  Treat a baby's prominent birthmark that threatens the child's eyesight
     2.  Remove a mother's deadly melanoma at its earliest, most treatable stage
     3.  Offer relief for a student whose chronic eczema makes sleep nearly impossible
     4.  Diagnose the life-threatening liver condition causing a grandfather's unbearable itching
     5.  Treat the hair loss of a young woman, helping her gain the confidence to complete a job search

Dermatologists can treat thousands of conditions that affect your skin, hair, or nails. A few of the most common conditions they treat include:


Based on the severity of your acne, a dermatologist can treat this condition with topical treatments, medication, lasers, or other light therapies, chemical peels, or by removing large cysts.

Skin cancer

Skin cancer can occur anywhere on your body. A dermatologist can remove cancer cells and monitor you to make sure it doesn't return.


Dermatitis encompasses several types of skin conditions that cause inflammation and irritation. This may include eczema, cradle cap, and allergic reactions


Viruses, bacteria, fungi, and parasites can all find their way into your skin and cause a variety of skin infections. A dermatologist can help diagnose the cause of infections and prescribe treatment.

Hair loss

Hair loss may be caused by hereditary baldness. Conditions like stress, illness, and hormonal changes may also impact hair loss. A dermatologist can determine the underlying cause and help treat it if possible.

Nail problems

Spots, discoloration, and nail separation are common nail issues that are treated by dermatologists.