5 Conditions You Didn’t Know a Dermatologist Can Treat


You may know to head to your dermatologist for bad acne, an eczema flare-up or a case of psoriasis, but a dermatologist can help with so much more than that.

We’ve got facts about five common conditions your dermatologist can treat.



1. Hair Loss

Our hair plays both a functional and cosmetic role in our lives, cushioning and protecting our head while also contributing to our overall appearance. Although hair loss is generally not a dangerous condition, it can negatively affect self-image. The majority of hair disorders are hereditary and are unfortunately not preventable, but your dermatologist can devise a treatment plan for hair loss.

2. Hyperhidrosis

Hyperhidrosis, or excessive sweating, is particularly common in adolescents and young adults. Your dermatologist may prescribe a medication, recommend BOTOX® or suggest specific antiperspirants as treatment.

Like hair loss, hyperhidrosis is a harmless condition but it can cause significant embarrassment and affect quality of life.

3. Nail Disorders

Nail fungus can cause nails to be discolored or misshapen, which is a common cosmetic concern. Other disorders that change nail appearance may be less typical but can also be addressed by a dermatologist.

4. Keloid Scars

As wounds heal, some can develop excess scar tissue. With keloid scars, an overgrowth of skin not only presents a cosmetic concern, they can also be painful or itchy. Dermatologists have a variety of ways to treat keloid scars.

5. Sexually Transmitted Infections

Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) can affect the skin, causing rashes, bumps or sores. These skin irritations can appear in the genitals, groin, buttocks or back, and can be uncomfortable as well as embarrassing. The treatment your dermatologist recommends will depend upon the type of STI you have, and may include oral medication or cryotherapy.