Can Dermatologists Prevent Diseases?

An estimated 85% of adolescents experience at least minor acne. Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in America. Approximately seven and a half million people struggle with psoriasis. These statistics are a short way of telling a complicated story: dermatological diseases are serious and affect a lot of people. Your first line of defense against skin, hair, and nail disease should always be a dermatologist.

Which begs the question can dermatologists prevent diseases?

The answer is, of course, complicated. They can, and they can’t. Read on for a detailed exploration of what diseases dermatologists treat and how they treat them. Don’t hesitate to contact us today if you’re struggling with skin disease.

 

Areas Dermatologists Can Treat

While most people think of dermatologists as only treating skin conditions, they treat much more. Dermatologists can specialize in skin diseases, as well as hair, nail, and mucous membrane treatment. All in all, dermatologists can treat upwards of 3,000 different conditions and diseases.

Within each area, dermatologists can become further specialized. This includes practices like cosmetic dermatology, pediatric dermatology, skin cancer specialties, dermatopathology, and many more.

The upshot of these varied specializations is that you need to be careful when selecting which dermatologist to see for which condition. You wouldn’t want to see an acne specialist for a case of keloid scarring, for example.  

Common Dermatological Diseases

We mentioned earlier that there are more than 3,000 different conditions affecting the skin, hair, nails, and mucous membranes. Some of these are more common than others. In fact, many of these diseases are exceedingly rare.

Some of the more common conditions that your dermatologist can treat includes:

  • Acne (Acne vulgaris)
  • Basal cell carcinoma
  • Athlete’s foot (Tinea pedis)
  • Seborrheic dermatitis
  • Sunburn
  • Eczema (atopic dermatitis)
  • Wrinkles
  • Epidermoid cyst
  • Hives
  • Rosacea
  • Shingles (herpes zoster)

The unique circumstances surrounding each individual and their specific condition means that treatment varies from person to person. That being said, there are a number of ways to treat and possibly prevent skin diseases of all shapes and sizes.

 

Skin Disease Prevention

The easiest way to prevent any skin, hair, or nail condition is to practice proactive care. Things like staying hydrated, properly and regularly washing your skin, avoiding chemical-rich shampoos, and keeping your nails trimmed are great starter steps.

There are also seasonal tips for preventing skin disease. These including things like making sure to use sunscreen in the summer, exfoliating regularly in the summer, avoiding soap-based cleansers in the fall and winter, using moisturizers in the fall and winter, and more.

Finally, what you eat has a large impact on the health of your skin. While it isn’t always as simple as avoiding greasy foods, there are many foods you should eat to help prevent skin conditions. These include tomatoes (packed with antioxidants), kale (rich in lutein, zeaxanthin, and vitamins A and C), bell peppers (a great source of vitamins C and E), and even pumpkins (packed with magnesium, zinc, and vitamins A, C, and E)

 

The Final Word: Can Dermatologists Prevent Diseases?

Yes they can…and no they cant. Regular appointments with a dermatologist will greatly reduce your chance of developing a dermatological condition. Perhaps even more importantly, regular appointments will help your dermatologist spot the early signs of disease and work proactively to treat it.

The expert team at Elias Dermatology has decades of experience diagnosing and treating skin conditions of all types. From the cosmetic to the medical, we can help. Contact us today to start your path towards clear skin!

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