Florida Alternative Medicine and Weight Loss now offers dermatology and skin care services.
Dermatology is the field of medicine that encompasses the diagnosis and treatment of the skin as well as diseases of the hair, mucous membranes and nails. Dermatologists not only deal with fundamental skin health issues, but are also versed in internal medicine and numerous environmental and occupational components which repeatedly are the culprits of skin problems.
The skin is considered to be the human body’s largest organ. Moreover, skin is the initial defense against bacteria and injury, and frequently reflects a person’s general status of health. An excess of external factors, such as various common chemical compounds, can have harmful and lasting effects on the skin. Dermatologists also take into account medicine taken by patients due to side effects of many drugs on the skin including rashes. This not only applies to prescription drugs but also includes over-the-counter, functional and complimentary medicine and/or alternative remedies. Complementary and/or alternative medicine has really surged in the last decade as a result of the internet, making integrative remedies more readily available to patients.
Another aspect of dermatology is the psychological factors that skin health has on patients. Due to the fact that skin is critical to our body image, skin disease and/or issues are many times looked upon with revulsion by the general public. As a result, distress results in the person with the skin issue and often the psychological ramification is out of proportion with the medical significance. First impressions leave a lasting view in the minds of most people. Although not all skin diseases cause depression in patients, psychological stress is often seen by the reaction of a patient’s colleagues, friends and relatives who associate skin disease with uncleanliness and often include sexual overtones. In the last several years, there has been greater awareness about the impact of skin health on leisure and social activities, sexual relationships and even work.
Dermatologists treat more than 3,000 skin conditions or issues, including but not limited to the following:
Dermatologists can treat patients in a variety of ways including non-invasive therapy and medication, however some situations require more invasive treatment. Many of the treatment procedures, can be performed right in the doctor’s office.
Some of the common procedures performed by dermatologists include: