The American Academy of Dermatology estimates that 25% of Americans suffer from a skin disorder. If you’re one of them, you’ll know how debilitating it can be. It’s not just a question of appearance. The skin is the largest organ in the human body and performs many crucial bodily functions as well as protecting us from bacteria. You need to be comfortable in your own skin. Dr. Will Richardson at Natura Dermatology & Cosmetics in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, is a dedicated and highly qualified dermatologist who can help you achieve that goal. Call or set up an appointment online today.
Your skin covers an area of roughly two square yards and, unlike any of your other major organs, is always exposed to the air, subjecting it to considerable wear and tear and, potentially, physical damage. The exposed nature of skin means it’s susceptible to irritants and allergens, which can cause redness, swelling, burning, and itching. Problems within your immune system or diet, hormonal imbalances, and genetic vulnerabilities can also cause skin disorders, and there are several kinds of skin cancers to look out for.
Dr. Richardson treats a wide range of skin disorders, but the most commonly seen are:
These common skin disorders not only cause physical, often painful symptoms but also have a psychological impact. Unlike many other health problems, skin disorders are highly visible to others and, if they cause scarring, their effects are felt for many years. Common skin disorders such as acne, atopic dermatitis, and psoriasis can be very distressing and lead to anxiety and depression.
During an initial consultation, Dr. Richardson assesses your overall health, family history, and lifestyle before recommending treatment. Often, a combination of therapies is required to treat the disorder, reduce or remove any scarring, and prevent any future recurrence. Dr. Richardson actively engages in ongoing research and training and is able to offer the latest technologies to his patients. He understands that relieving the physical symptoms can also bring significant psychological relief and works with patients to allow them to take control over their condition and appearance.
If left untreated, skin disorders can cause permanent scarring or compromise your immune system leading to further infection. They can also be very uncomfortable and affect your relationship with the world around you. It’s important to address any changes in your skin, such as enlarged moles or dermatitis flare-ups, quickly, as they may indicate an underlying condition. Dr. Richardson can diagnose and treat your skin disorder and minimize its impact on your overall physical and mental health. Don’t suffer in silence. Make an appointment at Natura Dermatology & Cosmetics in Fort Lauderdale to discuss your needs.