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SKIN DISEASE DIAGNOSIS

Skin Disease Diagnosis

A Specialist (Dermatologist) will examine your skin to identify and diagnose one of the many skin conditions, before recommending the suitable treatment to address the problem.

DIAGNOSING SKIN PROBLEMS & CONDITIONS

The skin is the largest organ to protect and cover our bodies and we all want a clear, healthy and smooth looking skin. During a skin disease diagnosis, our Dermatologist will take a detailed examination of your skin, scalp, nails and mucous membranes to identify and explain the potential causes of the skin problems you might experience.

 

They’ll be able to give you a specialised medical opinion by firstly identifying the characteristics of the condition, including its size, shape, colour and location. The doctor will also check for other symptoms or indications related to the skin abnormality while potential specialised medical test like biopsies, scrapings or diascopy could provide the answers to more complex skin issues.

BENEFITS OF
SKIN DISEASE DIAGNOSIS​

BENEFITS OF SKIN DISEASE DIAGNOSIS​

• Identify, diagnose and treat skin concerns
• Regain your skin’s glow, confidence and self-esteem
• Understand conditions, causes and aggravating factors
• Trust the opinion of a qualified and experienced medical professional

WHAT OUR CLIENTS SAY

CONDITIONS

Acne can be a distressing and embarrassing skin condition for teens, young adults, and a few middle-aged people. Hormones stimulate the production of oil in the skin and sometimes the excessive production can result in breakouts or acne.

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Our skin starts to struggle to keep moisture as we age which causes tight skin with a dull skin tone. Dry skin tends to be more sensitive and can be aggravated by factors like extreme weather and air-conditioning. Early treatment will reduce the patient’s chances to fast ageing skin, eczema and other skin conditions.

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Thin skin has a sensitivity towards heat and cold, temperature changes, cosmetics and chemicals. The cause of this type of fine-textured skin varies and it is usually prone to redness, bumps, hives, blemishes, dry skin and acne.

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An inflammatory condition that appears as a red rash on the cheeks, forehead, nose, eyelids and cheeks. It’s more common in fair-skinned people, are sometimes accompanied by pimples and bumps and could lead to dry and itchy skin.

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Any condition that clogs, irritates or inflames your skin can be due to a skin disease. Rashes or changes in the appearance and texture of your skin could also be akin to skin disease.

There’s an extensive list of skin diseases and some might be minor and easy to treat. Others have severe symptoms and impacts on the person’s self-esteem. Some of the most common skin diseases include:

  • Acne
  • Hair loss in patches (Alopecia araeta)
  • Eczema
  • Psoriasis
  • Raynaud’s phenomenon
  • Rosacea
  • Skin Cancer
  • Vitiligo

Genetics and certain lifestyle or environmental factors can contribute to skin disease. Other underlying conditions can also be the cause of some conditions, but some of the most common causes of skin conditions include:

  • Trapped bacteria in follicles and pores
  • Thyroid, kidney and immune-related conditions
  • Skin allergies
  • Dermal fungus or parasites
  • Some medications
  • Diabetes
  • Viruses
  • Sun

There’s a wide variety of symptoms that directly relates to a condition. Be mindful of unexplained changes in your skin by looking for changes like discoloured skin patches, open sores, ulcers or lesions, dry and peeling skin, rashes and itchy or painful skin, red bumps and scaly or dry skin. Providing as much information as possible to your doctor will speed up the process and help with their diagnosis.

Examining your skin can provide some answers around your skin concern and potential acute conditions. Sometimes doctors have to make use of specialised tests to help them identify the exact answers to the causes of these skin abnormalities. Tests and procedures doctors use include skin patch tests, biopsies, skin samples, black light examination, dermascopies, diascopies and the Tzanck test to mention a few.

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“Ability is what you are capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it. If you Believe in Yourself, Anything is Possible.” - Lou Holtz
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