Dermatology can be described as the practice of medicine which mostly deals with the diseases affecting the hair, skin and nails. Dermatologists complete a three year residency in Dermatology after completing their medical degree. Next they must pass a board examination in order to become board certified dermatologists.
Since the dermatologist possesses a core understanding of the skin’s structure and function as well as the diseases which affect the skin, it is quite natural for a dermatologist to perform skin surgery. This understanding also uniquely qualifies the dermatologist to use various methods and products which are required for aesthetic dermatology. What’s interesting about dermatology is that there are new challenges, new techniques and new products that the dermatologist must learn about.
As a board-certified dermatologist, Dr. Doppelt is skilled in diagnosing many diseases and conditions of the skin, hair, and nails. Given below are some of the dermatological diseases and conditions we treat.
The most common type of cancer, skin cancer is an abnormal growth of cells on the skin. There are several different kinds of skin cancer and most are linked to exposure to the sun. Dr. Doppelt treats the three major kinds of skin cancer – basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma and melanoma – as well as other cancers of the skin.
Allergic Reactions & Hives
Is something making you itch and break out? Hives are itchy, raised welts on the skin and a product of a histamine reaction, often caused by exposure to something you’re allergic to. Dr. Doppelt treats allergic reactions and hives on the skin, ending the itch and possibly preventing future breakouts.
Bacterial & Fungal Infections
Your skin is your body’s largest organ and it isn’t immune to infection. Common causes of skin infection are bacteria and fungi. Bacterial and fungal infections of the skin can produce symptoms ranging from mild to severe. Dr. Doppelt and his staff treat bacterial and fungal skin infections.
Birthmarks, Angiomas, Port Wine Stains, Skin Pigment
Though rarely harmful, birthmarks, angiomas and port wine stains can make you feel self conscious and uncomfortable in your own skin. These conditions occur when skin is more pigmented in one area than the rest of the skin. Treatment can include laser therapy and topical ointments. Dr. Doppelt and his staff can help you with a personalized treatment plan for your skin pigmentation issue.
Blisters & Burns
Among the most common type of injuries, blisters and burns can be very painful. Burns are characterized by severe skin damage that causes the affected skin cells to die, while blisters are a raised area of skin filled with fluid. Dr. Doppelt can treat blisters and burns to prevent further damage to the skin and promote quick healing.
Dry Skin, Eczema, Cradle Cap
Common in children, eczema is marked by dry, itchy, red skin. Sometimes called atopic dermatitis, eczema usually occurs on infant’s scalp and cheeks (often called Cradle Cap) and in children and adult’s elbow creases. Causes can include dry skin, genetics and exposure to irritants. Dr. Doppelt can treat dry skin, Eczema and Craddle Cap to stop the itch and sooth the skin.
Affecting both men and women, there are many different kinds of hair loss. Common conditions causing hair loss include Androgenetic Alopecia, Effluvium, and Alopecia Areata. Dr. Doppelt can help you get to the root of your hair loss and come up with a treatment plan.
Insect Bites & Stings
Many people who are bitten or stung by an insect experience minor swelling and itching. For others, an insect steam can cause a severe reaction or even death. If you are experiencing any discomfort from an insect bite or sting, Dr. Doppelt can help soothe the sting and prevent further damage to the skin.
Nail fungus, Infections, & Disorders
Fungus and bacteria are always present on the skin and nails. Infections occur when and over growth of fungus or bacteria takes place. Fungal infections can take place in, under or on the fingernails or toenails. Dr. Doppelt can diagnose and treat your nail fungus or infection from the inside out.
A common skin condition, Psoriasis changes the life cycle of skin cells. Psoriasis can cause skin cells to build up on the surface of the skin. The built-up skin cells form thick, silvery scales and dry, itchy, red patches that are sometimes painful. Dr. Doppelt can help stop the pain and embarrassment associated with psoriasis.
Rashes vary widely and so do their treatments. From eczema to pityriasis rosea, rashes are usually indicated by skin that is inflamed in color and texture. Dr. Doppelt can help identify what’s causing your rash and map out the best course of treatment.
If your face has a flushed red appearance with small pimple-like bumps that come and go, you are likely one of millions of people with rosacea. Rosacea isn’t always easy to diagnose and it can be mistaken for acne, an allergic reaction or other skin problems. A board-certified dermatologist like Dr. Doppelt can help you identify and treat rosacea, helping you look and feel better about the skin you’re in.
A common part of getting older, seborrheic keratosis is a non-cancerous skin growth common in adults. Seborrheic keratosis generally appears as a brown, black or light tan growth on the face, chest, back or shoulders with an elevated, scaly or waxy appearance. Though usually painless, seborrheic keratosis can be unsightly. Dr. Doppelt can help you with a treatment plan to eliminate your seborrheic keratosis and feel confident in your skin’s appearance.
Caused by the same virus as the chicken pox, shingles is marked by a painful rash that generally wraps around one side of the torso. Pain is usually the first sign of shingles. Early treatment essential to shorten a shingles infection and lessen complications. Dr. Doppelt can help stop the pain and lessen the complications associated with shingles.
From uneven pigmentation to premature wrinkles, sun damage can really take its toll on your skin. As a board-certified dermatologist, Dr. Doppelt has the skill and know-how needed to address and treat varying forms of sun damage and help you develop a skin care plan to prevent further damage to the skin.
Skin Tags, Moles & Bumps
If skin tags, moles and bumps are making you long for smooth skin, Dr. Doppelt can help. These benign skin lesions are all very common. Though skin tags, moles and bumps rarely cause pain, they can make those who have them very self conscious of their appearance. Dr. Doppelt can treat and remove skin tags, moles and bumps to give you the smooth skin you seek.
Caused by a loss of pigment, vitiligo is a condition in which blotchy white patches develop on the skin. Vitiligo’s pigment loss is caused by destruction of cells called melanocytes, which band together to give skin it’s distinctive color. Though scientists and doctors don’t exactly know what causes destruction of the melanocyte cells, a board-certified dermatologist like Dr. Doppelt can help treat vitiligo and even the skin’s pigmentation.
If you have a small, grainy growth, chances are you have a wart. Warts are caused by a virus and spread by touch. Common in children, young adults and those with weakened immune systems, warts can be unsightly and irritating. Though warts can disappear on their own, treatment from a board-certified dermatologist like Dr. Doppelt can speed the process and help you get rid of warts quickly and painlessly.