Dermatologists are doctors who specialize in keeping skin, hair and nails healthy. They can spot potential problems and diagnose skin conditions that range from minor to life-threatening. Their skills and knowledge improve the lives of patients of all ages, from infants with birthmarks and children with eczema, to adults with sun damage and seniors with shingles. Skin care experts at Ohio State can effectively treat any skin concerns you have and help you look and feel your best.
Our dermatologists are part of a multidisciplinary skin care team. Whether you need general medical care for the skin or specialized medical, surgical or cosmetic dermatology, our experts are your trusted partners in maintaining skin, hair and nail health.
Ohio State also offers specialized expertise in complex medical dermatology, psoriasis, phototherapy, pediatric dermatology, contact and occupation dermatitis and lasers.
Skin Health and Skin Conditions
Your skin is your body’s largest organ. It covers and protects your body. Skin serves many important functions, including:
- Holding body fluids in
- Preventing dehydration
- Keeping harmful microbes out
- Preventing infections
- Helping you feel things like heat, cold and pain
- Keeping your body temperature even
- Making vitamin D when the sun shines on it
Anything that irritates, clogs or inflames your skin can cause symptoms such as redness, swelling, burning and itching. Allergies, irritants, your genetic makeup, and certain diseases and immune system problems can cause rashes, hives and other skin conditions. Many skin problems, such as acne, also affect your appearance.