Dermatology is the medical discipline concerned with the diagnosis and treatment of diseases that affect the skin, nails and hair. There are some specialties including pediatric dermatology, cosmetic dermatology, cutaneous oncology and general adult dermatology.
What Happens During a First Visit?
New patients should be prepared to provide a detailed medical history, including a list of all the medications they take. That list should include supplements and over-the-counter medicines as well as any prescriptions.
Ideally, the patient should not wear make-up or nail polish, for the dermatologist will want a good view of their skin and nails. They should wear loose clothing that is easy to take off in case the dermatologist asks them to put on a hospital gown.
The dermatologist will want to examine the patient’s skin thoroughly. They may start at the head and work their way down. They may use a magnifying glass to get a closer look at anything suspicious. If the dermatologist does suspect a problem, they may order a biopsy or other test, depending on the situation.
What Does General Adult Dermatology Involve?
A dermatologist in this field may do any of the following:
- Professional skin care examinations
- Skin cancer treatments
- Chronic condition management
- Wart and vein removal
- Cosmetic procedures
What is Typically Treated?
Special tests can be used to determine if the patient has a fungal infection like ringworm or athlete’s foot. The same test may also be used to analyze infections of the mouth, nails and skin.
A pigmented lesion is a spot or growth on the skin caused by melanocytes, which are pigment cells that produce melanin. Pigmented lesions include such common and harmless examples like freckles, age spots, moles and birthmarks. Unfortunately, some pigmented lesions are precancerous or cancerous.
Other common conditions include warts, lumps and cysts, scars and wrinkles. General adult dermatology services can effectively address all of these conditions.
Learn More About General Adult Dermatology
If you have a condition of the skin, nails or hair, or if you simply want to make sure that you are healthy in that regard, make an appointment at RidgeView Dermatology in Lynchburg, Smith Mountain Lake or Forest. Our staff is committed to providing high-quality general adult dermatology services in addition to pediatric/adolescent dermatology and aesthetic services.