Your Body’s Largest Organ and the Role a Dermatologist Plays in Skin Health

When we think of organs within our bodies, we often refer to the heart, lungs, stomach, kidneys, brain and so forth.

However, one of the most important organs to keep healthy, that some might not even know as an organ, is your skin.

As the largest organ of the body, the skin covers a total area of 20 square feet. The job of our skin is to protect us from microbes and harmful elements, as well as regulate body temperature and allow for the sensations of touch, heat, and cold.

Your skin acts like your body’s personal bodyguard. The skin acts as the first line of defense against bacteria and injury. Taking good care of your skin is a process involving various steps. One critical component to healthy skin is to visit a dermatologist.

What is a dermatologist?

A dermatologist is a specialty doctor responsible for the examination, detection, treatment, and maintenance of the skin, as well the hair, nails, and mucous membranes.

When skin health is concerned, a dermatologist will diagnose and treat skin disorders.

What types of skin disorders do dermatologists diagnosis and treat?

While not all, the below is a common list of what you might see a dermatologist for.
  • Acne
  • Dermatitis and eczema27119816 - closeup of male dermatologist checking mole on woman in clinic
  • Fungal infections
  • Psoriasis
  • Nail and hair disorders
  • Rosacea
  • Shingles
  • Warts
  • Vitiligo
  • Skin cancer

If you suspect a problem with your skin, it is a wise choice to choose a professional and licensed dermatologist.

If this is your first time visiting a dermatology office, here are some tips for getting prepared ahead of time for the appointment.

  • Write down a list of your questions and concerns.
  • Bring a list of any and all medications you are currently taking as well as ones you have taken in the last 6 months.
  • Take a picture of the specific problem spot in case any fading occurs from the time of scheduling to the actual appointment.
  • Keep your skin clean and clear of make up.WNY Dermatology

For those in the Buffalo, New York, area who are looking for a dermatology consultation and medical treatment of a known or suspected skin condition, contact WNY Dermatology.

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