Dermatologist located in North Center and River North Dr. Chicago, IL
Eczema, psoriasis, acne, and warts are just some of the more than 3,000 skin conditions dermatologists regularly treat. If you’re experiencing any kind of issues, including pigmentation, flaking, or growths, contact board-certified dermatologist Edidiong Kaminska, MD, MBS, who provides comprehensive medical skin care services at Kaminska Dermatology in Lakeview, Chicago. Request an appointment online or call the office to speak with a team member.
Medical Dermatology Q & A
What is medical dermatology?
Medical dermatology involves taking measures to protect your skin and treat any issues that may arise. As your body’s largest organ, your skin serves as a barrier to protect you from foreign invaders, like bacteria, fungi, and viruses. But your skin is also regularly exposed to harmful rays from the sun and environmental pollution.
Because of these issues, and because of inherited skin disorders, you can develop all kinds of uncomfortable and unsightly issues. Medical dermatology involves diagnosing and treating these skin problems, including:
- Psoriasis, an autoimmune condition that leads to thickened patches
- Rosacea, which leads to facial vessels and redness
- Acne, which can lead to painful nodules and scars
- Fungal infections, like ringworm or fungal nails
- Vitiligo, or loss of melanin (skin pigments)
- Abnormal growths, including skin cancer
- Viral infections, such as warts
- Thinning hair or hair loss
- Cysts, or fluid-filled sacs
Your dermatologist is your go-to practitioner anytime something is awry with your skin, no matter how minor the issue may seem.
When should I see a dermatologist?
Dr. Kaminska always recommends coming in for a medical dermatology evaluation once a year. This visit, often called a skin check, is part of your preventive wellness care. The purpose is to look for warning signs, like abnormal moles, and try to prevent serious conditions, including skin cancer.
Outside of these routine exams though, there are certainly times when you should schedule a visit to Kaminska Dermatology. Dr. Kaminska encourages you to have an evaluation if you notice:
- Scar formation
- Red patches or rashes
- Overly dry or flaky skin
- Seriously sensitive skin
- Excessive hair loss or bald patches
Dr. Kaminska also encourages you to come into Kaminska Dermatology right away if you notice a mole changing, like if it’s getting darker, bigger, or changing shapes. She can take a biopsy on the spot and have it evaluated at the lab.
Dr. Kaminska is also an expert in skin conditions that patients of color often struggle with, including keloids.
How do I prepare for a medical dermatology appointment?
Before your upcoming medical dermatology appointment at Kaminska Dermatology, you can do a few things to get ready. If you have a chronic skin condition, such as psoriasis, and have been undergoing treatment, request that your medical records be sent over.
It’s also beneficial to track your symptoms. Start writing everything down. Dr. Kaminska needs to know what makes your symptoms worse, like if you switched to a new soap or laundry detergent, or which products you use to relieve your symptoms.
Having these details available helps Dr. Kaminska in the diagnostic process, so she can get to the root of your condition and talk with you about effective treatment solutions.
You can receive expert medical dermatology care at Kaminska Dermatology. Book your appointment directly through the website or over the phone today.
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