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Medical Monday: Dermatology

| September 23, 2013

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The skin is the bodies largest organ, so when there is something wrong with it, you may need to consult a medical professional. If the condition is severe enough, a skin specialist or dermatologist may be required, like Dr. David Horne.  He says that dermatology is “roughly into neoplasms to cancer and then into inflammatory problems. We see a lot of skin cancer, we see a lot of psoriasis, a lot of eczema, a lot of acne. A lot of infectious processes, like warts and skin infections, different fungal infections.”

And while there is a high demand for dermatology services throughout the Country, the demand here in the County seems to be growing.  Dr. Horne says he believes that is because “of the long winters and the cold climate and the relative lack of sunshine that we get up here for a large part of the year, and that makes a lot of inflammatory problems more severe and much more common up here. Certainly in terms of malignancies, as the population ages and more of our population develops skin cancer, there is an increasing need for treatment and evaluation of those things.”

Horne adds that the County is a big agricultural community which causes people to spend a lot of time outside leading to a higher number of people developing skin cancer. But, he says treatments for skin conditions are always changing and new discoveries and technology make treatment options better.  “Moh surgery, which is state of the art in terms of removing skin cancer now and that’s, we use frozen sections of the tissue as we do the surgery so that we know that our surgical margins are clear. In terms of addressing inflammatory problems, there are new medications that come out all the time and we have a lot of interesting new tools for dealing with psoriasis and some of the auto immune diseases now that we didn’t have even just ten years ago.”  And Horne says he expects treatment options will continue to change and improve offering people a brighter and clearer future.  He adds that the best way to decide if you need a dermatologist for a skin condition or not is to first check with your primary care physician.  They will then give you a referral if a dermatologist is required.

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