A dermatologist is a medical doctor with extensive training and experience to keep skin, hair, and nails healthy throughout your lifetime.

Your dermatologist is uniquely trained to look at your skin with his or her eyes and other tools. Dermatologists can spot possible problems and diagnose medical conditions ranging from minor to life-threatening. Once a diagnosis is made, effective treatment can often be provided safely and conveniently in your dermatologist's office.

Advances in research and technology allow today's dermatologist to protect and care for your skin with the latest medical, surgical, and cosmetic treatments. Dermatologists can have an effect on the lives of patients of all ages — the infant with a red birthmark, a child with eczema, a young man with a new growth on the skin, the baby boomer with sun-damaged skin, a senior with shingles — treating their skin conditions and making them look and feel their best. Dermatologists see patients with all types of skin concerns.

Source: MedlinePlus and American Academy of Dermatology

Note: This definition was prepared to help consumers find reliable health resources on the web. This site is not responsible for the information on other sites. The information here — and on all websites — is not intended to be a substitute for care given to you by a health professional.

Recommended Reading

American Academy of Dermatology
This website for the American Academy of Dermatology includes a section for the public and patients on skin diseases and treatments.

American Board of Dermatology
This website includes certification and specialty information, as well as a section for the public with general information about dermatology and FAQs on the importance of board certification.

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