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Dermatology (skin care)


Dermatology is about the skin, as well as the hair, mouth and nails. Dermatologists diagnose and treat these and other conditions in adults and children:

  • acne
  • skin cancer, moles, tumors and other skin changes
  • contact dermatitis and other allergic and non-allergic skin reactions

They also can help you with cosmetic problems like hair loss and skin changes like scars and aging skin.




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Source: American Board of Specialties, Research and Education Foundation, Which Medical Specialist for You?; American Medical Association; Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, Lexicon: Dictionary of Health Care Terms, Organizations and Acronyms for the Era of Reform, 1994

First published: 08/01/2004
Last updated: 06/04/2012

Reviewed by: Steven Bergeson, MD, medical director of quality, Allina Health clinics; J Richard Sheely, MD, medical director, Allina Health clinics