Medical Dermatology Q&A
What is medical dermatology?
The physicians at A to Z Dermatology have completed specialized training focused on the medical, surgical, and cosmetic care of skin. Their expertise spans the entire lifespan, from pediatric to adult medical and surgical dermatology.
What medical conditions does a dermatologist treat?
In addition to skin conditions, the A to Z Dermatology team treats issues concerning your hair and nails. They diagnose and treat a broad spectrum of medical conditions, including:
The most prevalent form of cancer in Arizona, skin cancer is primarily due to ultraviolet radiation from the sun and tanning beds. The three main types of skin cancer are basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and melanoma.
Acne is a distressing and often persistent skin condition that occurs when your hair follicles become clogged with oil and dead skin cells. Severe acne can lead to scarring and emotional anguish. Fortunately, an array of treatments are available for acne and its associated scars, including the MicroPen® Elite facial.
Dermatitis is a broad term that includes many types of skin inflammation, such as rashes, dandruff, and eczema.
Also known as alopecia, hair loss can affect your entire body or only your scalp. Hair loss can be due to your genetics, a medical condition, or certain medications.
Psoriasis occurs when skin cells rapidly build up and form thick, silvery scales on the surface of your skin. Symptoms may include dry, itchy skin and red patches that can be painful.
Warts are non-cancerous skin growths that develop due to a viral infection. The three main types of warts are common warts, plantar warts, and flat warts.
Nail fungus most often affects your toenails, but it can occur in your fingernails as well. This common fungal infection may resist at-home treatment, but prescription medications and procedures are available.
What are some common tests and procedures in medical dermatology?
Skin cancer prevention and awareness is a top priority at A to Z Dermatology. The expert team offers skin cancer screenings and state-of-the-art treatments like Mohs surgery and superficial radiation therapy (SRT).
Other in-office procedures they offer include:
- Cryosurgery, which uses cold to destroy abnormal tissue
- Punch biopsy to remove a small, round piece of skin
- Shave biopsy, which uses a blade to remove the top-most skin layers
For advanced care in medical dermatology, call A to Z Dermatology today, or request an appointment online.