Dermatology: Hair, Nails, and Skin Conditions

Author: Disabled World
Updated/Revised Date: 2022/04/11
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Synopsis: Dermatology is defined as the branch of medicine dealing with the hair, nails, skin and its diseases. It is a specialty with both medical and surgical aspects. Skin conditions that irritate, clog, or inflame your skin can cause symptoms such as redness, swelling, burning, and itching. Research shows that most skin diseases are caused by nutrient imbalances within the human body.

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Dermatology is defined as the branch of medicine dealing with the hair, nails, skin and its diseases. It is a specialty with both medical and surgical aspects.

Dermatologist: Takes care of diseases and cancers of the skin, scalp, hair, and nails.

Dermatosis (plural dermatoses): Defined as any disease of the skin, and, while thousands of skin disorders have been described, only a small number account for most visits to the doctor.

Immunodermatology: A specialist who specializes in the treatment of immune mediated skin diseases such as lupus, bullous pemphigoid, pemphigus vulgaris, and other immune mediated skin disorders. Specialists in this field often run their own immunopathology labs.

Skin Diseases

Skin conditions, also known as cutaneous conditions, are defined as any medical condition that affects the integumentary system - the organ system that encloses the human body and includes skin, hair, nails, and related muscle and glands.

Skin conditions that irritate, clog, or inflame your skin can cause symptoms such as redness, swelling, burning, and itching. Allergies, irritants, your genetic makeup, and certain diseases and immune system problems can cause dermatitis, hives, and other skin conditions. Many skin issues, such as acne, also impact your appearance. Your skin can also develop several kinds of cancers.

Research shows that many skin diseases are caused by nutrient imbalances within the human body.

Skin disease usually entails specialized diagnostic processes linked to skin conditions, treatments, and preventions of various skin diseases, and may involve treatments such as injected, externally applied, and internal medications, a variety of dermatologic surgical procedures, or cosmetic procedures like chemical peels, micro-dermabrasion, and sclerotherapy for conditions such as varicose veins.

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Labeled skin illustration from Anatomy and Physiology, Connexions Web site. http://cnx.org/content/col11496/1.6/, Jun 19, 2013.
Labeled skin illustration from Anatomy and Physiology, Connexions Web site. http://cnx.org/content/col11496/1.6/, Jun 19, 2013.
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List of Hair, Nails, and Skin Diseases

See our full list of skin diseases and conditions, or find out other interesting facts regarding human skin.

Human Skin Facts

Further interesting facts regarding skin, as well as a fascinating list of unusual facts and trivia regarding other parts of the human body, can be found on our web page - Human Body Facts.

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