Why A Dermatology Visit Is Not As Trivial As You Think

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Why A Dermatology Visit Is Not As Trivial As You Think

by Farhan Musavi

Did you know your skin is the largest organ in your body?

Its job is to cover and protect the internal organs of the body, such as the muscles and bones. It also helps maintain body temperature and ensures an optimal water balance is sustained.

However, unlike other organs, healthy and beautiful-looking skin makes you feel more confident and happier. It's a terrible situation indeed to go to a party with acne all over your face.

There have been newspaper reports about the beauty-conscious children who have refused to go to school because they were too ashamed of a pimple.

Unhealthy skin is also more susceptible to disease, infection, and is more likely to scar after an injury.

The skin can also provide evidence of a health issue because when something is wrong on the inside, it usually manifests itself in the form of a skin problem on the outside.

These are only some of the reasons why you should take care of your skin. The doctor who treats skin diseases is called a dermatologist.

In fact, a dermatologist is a trained medical doctor who specializes in the treatment of skin, hair, and nails. Dermatologists cure a wide range of skin diseases like acne, eczema (areas of your skin become red, rough, and itchy), scarring, moles, warts (small, hard lump on the skin caused by a virus), and even skin cancer.

Some dermatologists take a specialization in cosmetic dermatology, which is a branch of dermatology that deals with correcting and improving skin flaws such as skin discoloration and wrinkles.

Skin diseases are typically not a main cause of death; therefore, many people don't think of it as a serious health issue. However, skin issues are very common. Researchers have found that up to 87% of the population may be affected by one form or another of skin conditions.

Skin ailments are a major cause of many physical and psychological disabilities. Still, these issues are usually underestimated due to the non-threatening nature concerning mortality.

Sometimes a skin disease can be a symptom of a major health issue which can be life threatening. For example, in many cases a skin infection is usually the first sign of HIV/AIDS. Early diagnosis through recognition of preliminary symptoms can ensure that this potentially fatal disease is controlled and cured.

Similarly, if skin cancer is detected early enough by your dermatologist, there is a 98 percent or greater chance that it will be cured.

Farhan Musavi is a freelance writer who blogs on http://www.majorjournal.com.

Article Source: EzineArticles.com

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