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Dermatology is a branch of medicine which focuses on the treatment of hair, nails, and skin. It is a specialty with both surgical and medical aspects. A dermatologist addresses diseases (in the widest sense) in addition to cosmetic issues with the skin, scalp, hair, and nails. A dermatologist also treats cancers of the skin, scalp, and nails. Dermatosis is defined as any disease of the skin. There are thousands of skin disorders which have been discovered and only a small number account for most appointments at the doctor.
There are many different diseases which can affect the hair and nails including:
There are many other types of conditions which can affect the color, shape, and density of the nails and hair as well.
Before you go into the office for a consultation it will be beneficial to remove any nail polish. With many of these conditions or issues, looking at the nail and nail bed will be necessary and a doctors won’t be able to see the nail if nail polish is worn. Make sure any physical spots on the scalp or in the hair are visible during the exam. Pay special attention to any spot or mole which has changed or has been itching or bleeding. It is also important to be honest throughout the exam. You may want to prepare yourself for questions prior to the exam to help you feel less hesitant.