Problems You Might Not Realize A Dermatologist Can Treat

13 November 2020
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Most people are aware that dermatologists treat health problems related to the skin. But actually, the specialty extends a bit beyond that. The following are some problems that, somewhat surprisingly, a dermatologist can treat or help manage.

Fungal infections of the nails

If your toenails or fingernails are thick, yellow, and crumbly, this might be because you have a fungal infection. Fungal infections of the nails are really hard to treat, but as the nails are basically an extension of the epidermis and share a lot of characteristics with skin, dermatologists can treat them. You may be prescribed an oral antifungal medication to take, or you may be given a topical antifungal cream. In either case, your nails won't become perfect overnight, but your dermatologist will keep an eye on the condition as it improves over several months of treatment.

Skin cancer

You probably think of oncologists as the specialists who treat cancer. But when it comes to skin cancer, your dermatologist can actually be your first line of defense. They are often the first ones to diagnose skin cancer; they can look at and biopsy a mole or strange mark to determine whether it is cancerous. If needed, they will consult with an oncologist for treatment, but in most cases, they can use treatments like excision and freezing to get rid of the cancer before it has a chance to spread beyond the skin.

Hair loss

Hair loss is sometimes seen as inevitable, but it is a problem you can talk to a dermatologist about. Some cases of hair loss are directly related to the condition of the skin, and using a moisturizing serum or similar treatment may help boost hair growth again. Your dermatologist can also draw some blood to measure your hormone levels and see if an imbalance may be contributing to your hair loss. If it is, they can work hand-in-hand with an endocrinologist to ensure that is corrected. 


Dandruff is not just something you have to live with. It's a condition of the skin — albeit the skin on the scalp — that can often be managed with the right combination of moisturizing conditioners, antifungal ingredients, and lifestyle remedies. These are all things you can explore with your dermatologist.

A dermatologist can do more than treat acne and rosacea. They should also be your go-to doctors for conditions related to the nails, scalp, and hair, and also for suspected skin cancer.