Arrange to visit a dermatologist as soon as possible when symptoms of skin disorder arise, or when present therapy is ineffective. Professional identification, rapid cure, or decent management means diminished cost and less suffering. The New Zealand Dermatological Society’s site lists the names and addresses of dermatologists in New Zealand. Some dermatologists prefer that you’re referred by your general practitioner but a lot of them will see you by self referral.
There’s an increasing tendency for some family professionals who are interested in dermatology to call themselves ‘skin specialists’; they’re not Registered as Specialist Dermatologists in New Zealand. If you are unsure, please check the NZDSi Directory or ask to see the physician’s credentials or their NZ Dermatological Society’s Continuing Professional Develpment Certificate.
It’s a specialty with both surgical and medical aspects.
Dermatologists specialise in the identification, prevention and treatment of skin diseases and cancers. The skin is the largest organ in the body and also includes nails, hair, the moist regions of the mouth and genitalia.
Normal skin consultations include acne, psoriasis, atopic eczema, skin ailments such as warts, mole surveillance, melasma and occupational dermatitis. Dermatologists also run Mohs surgery and provide cosmetic services such as laser treatment.
Nearly all Australian dermatologists work in metropolitan private practice. But many provide outreach services to remote and rural areas on a regular basis.
A high number of physicians conduct outpatient clinics in public hospitals, and are involved with the practice of dermatology registrars. Many are also involved in research, in the basic science and clinical levels.
The dermatologic conditions that are most frequently encountered by nondermatologists aren’t well characterized, which may hamper efforts to train them in skin disease management. Data from the National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey from 2001 to 2010 were examined to assess the dermatologic diagnoses made by each specialty during this period of time. Nondermatologists evaluated 52.9 percent of cutaneous diseases that introduced in the outpatient setting. Among each nondermatologic specialization included in the analysis, only 6 to 10 of the top 20 conditions overlapped with the top 20 states reported by dermatologists. This study is a retrospective review of a huge database and just included skin ailments which were diagnosed in an outpatient setting. The skin conditions that most often introduced to nondermatologists differed greatly from those most commonly seen by dermatologists.