Clinical dermatology is the science of treating the skin, hair and nails to relieve or cure skin disorders. These disorders can be benign or malignant in nature and can occur on any external body area.
The good thing about most skin disorders is that, unlike internal organ problems, they are easily discovered and fairly easy to examine, so they can be fully evaluated and treated in their early stages. It is important that people familiarize themselves with possible skin disorders before they ever experience them, so they know how to recognize and catch them early. Our Clinical Dermatology Terms page provides a list of the most common skin issues for this purpose.
Most people don’t realize that skin is an organ, just like a heart, kidney or liver. In fact, the skin is the largest organ in the human body: the average adult has 10-30 pounds of it. Skin is elastic in nature, holds our body in shape, contains blood vessels and glands that moderate our temperature, provides a barrier against disease, toxins and harmful light radiation, and contains nerve cells that communicate touch and pain to the brain so we are aware of our surroundings. Visibly, skin covers over 90% of our body and we fully replace it every 4 weeks.
Treatments for skin disorders are as varied as skin disorders themselves: topical creams and gels, injections, surgical treatments, laser treatments, heat, cold and oral medications are just a few of the ways MidState Skin successfully treats different types of skin disorders. In every case, early diagnosis and treatment increases the chance of successfully curing or managing the disorder, so its imperative our patients come see us sooner rather than later. We’d much rather our expert staff diagnose a simple allergic reaction than find out someone didn’t visit us at the innocuous start of something more serious.
Hair visibly covers about 9% of our body. It is made of keratin, a “dead” protein and contains no live cells, blood vessels or nerve cells. Hair on the head of a normal adult will grow an average of a 1/2 inch a month. Hair is used by our body to maintain heat, protect sensitive skin, and keep foreign particles from entering our lungs, ears and eyes. Unlike even 10 years ago, there are now many advanced treatments available for hair loss and other hair conditions, and if caught early enough, most can be reversed.
Nails are also made of keratin and make up the last 1% of our body. They protect the ends of our sensitive fingers and toes, provide highly accurate gripping power for very small objects, and make good tools for scratching and scraping. Like hair disorders, most nail disorders can be successfully treated if caught early. The most common nail disorders are fungal infections. These come about from showering in places where fungus thrives, like outdoor showers, unsanitary grooming practices, tight shoes and poor nail trimming and care. Diabetes and cancer treatments can also injure nails and the nail cuticle, the portion of the nail that grows each day. Like hair disorders, nail disorders are often fully reversible if discovered and treated early.
A qualified clinical dermatologist will be able to address all of your skin, hair and nail disorders and concerns. From simple treatments with topical creams to complex surgeries, the staff at MidState Skin Institute is uniquely qualified to provide conscientious, high-quality care. Expert counseling and the ability to confidently manage any complications that may arise are just two of the many reasons to seek out a board certified dermatologist for these treatments.
Most insurance companies typically cover the costs of clinical dermatology treatments. However, should your insurance not cover the cost of clinical treatments, we work with you to create an individualized plan that will ensure that you get maximal results for your budget. We offer patient financing options, including low or zero interest alternatives.