Dermatology

Dermatology is the science that is concerned with the diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the skin, hair, nails and mucous membranes. A dermatologist is the medical expert you should consult if you have any significant problem with your skin. 

How many people get skin disease?

The skin is the largest and most visible organ of the body. It reflects the health of the body and acts as a barrier against injury and bacteria. Unfortunately, at one time or another, nearly everyone has some type of skin disease - infants, children, teenagers, adults and the elderly. One in six (15%) of all visits to the family doctor (GP) involves a skin problem. What are the most common skin disorders?

Common skin diseases include:

  • Skin cancer
  • Warts
  • Fungal infections
  • Dermatitis
  • Hand dermatitis, resulting from external contact with detergents and household chemicals, affects most women with young families.
  • Atopic dermatitis/eczema – one in six of all children develop dermatitis
  • Psoriasis - a skin disorder which affects 100,000 New Zealanders.
  • Acne affects every teenager to one degree or another.
  • One in five persons suffers from cold sores (herpes simplex).
  • Vitiligo
  • Molluscum contagiosum
  • HIV causes several different skin problems
 Dermatology is the science that is concerned with the diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the skin, hair, nails and mucous membranes.

Services offered

  • Diagnosis and treatment of skin diseases
    • To diagnose a particular skin disease investigations may be needed like:
      • Skin scraping and microscopy – used to diagnose fungal infections
      • Dermoscopy – to evaluate macroscopic pictures of skin lesions especially skin cancers
      • Blood tests
      • Biopsy – a small piece of skin is removed for evaluation by a pathologist
      • Patch testing – allergens are placed on the back of the patient to test for specific allergies in patients with allergic contact dermatitis.
      • Mole Mapping
    • Treatments:
      • Intralesional corticosteroid injections for:
        • Keloids
        • Alopecia areata
        • Specific nail problems
      • Intralesional bleomycin injection for:
        • Plantar warts
      • Cryotherapy for
        • Solar keratoses (sun-damage lesions)
        • Warts
        • Skin tags
        • Sun spots
      • Small Excisions/Incisions
        • Malignant (cancerous) skin lesions, etc
      • Curettage and cauterizing
        • Basal cell carcinomas, etc
      • Shave biopsy
        • Benign (non-cancerous) skin lesions, like moles.
      • Cauterizing
        • Telangiectasia (small blood vessel dilatations), etc

    Most of our procedures allow patients to drive and work immediately afterwards.

 

Information

There are multiple places to find further information on skin diseases. Here are a few links you could look at:

Watch this interesting video on skin cancer prevention

Products

Various dermatological products are available including:

  • Cetaphil
    • Various products
  • ISDIN 
    • Ureadin and Sunblock
  • Heliocare
  • Emthunzini hats

Get in Touch

Tel:
+27 (0)51 444 0482

e-Mail:
info@vdwderma.co.za

Fax:
+ 27 (0)51 444 0482