Dermatology is the science that is concerned with the diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the skin, hair, nails and mucous membranes. A dermatologist is the medical expert you should consult if you have any significant problem with your skin.
How many people get skin disease?
The skin is the largest and most visible organ of the body. It reflects the health of the body and acts as a barrier against injury and bacteria. Unfortunately, at one time or another, nearly everyone has some type of skin disease - infants, children, teenagers, adults and the elderly. One in six (15%) of all visits to the family doctor (GP) involves a skin problem. What are the most common skin disorders?
Common skin diseases include:
- Skin cancer
- Fungal infections
- Hand dermatitis, resulting from external contact with detergents and household chemicals, affects most women with young families.
- Atopic dermatitis/eczema – one in six of all children develop dermatitis
- Psoriasis - a skin disorder which affects 100,000 New Zealanders.
- Acne affects every teenager to one degree or another.
- One in five persons suffers from cold sores (herpes simplex).
- Molluscum contagiosum
- HIV causes several different skin problems
Dermatology is the science that is concerned with the diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the skin, hair, nails and mucous membranes.