Under your skin: A career in Dermatology

Female dermatologist with patient
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The skin is the largest and most important sensory organ of our body. We need to take utmost care of it. But there are times, when due to various reasons, our care is not enough and we need to go to a specialist to ensure it heals and comes back to its natural self.

What’s this career about?

Dermatology is a branch of medicine dealing with skin, hair and nail diseases. It covers both medical and surgical aspects. It can be sub-divided into Core Dermatology (deals with skin diseases), Cosmetology (treatment of skin appearance), Trichology (study of hair disorders) and Dermato-surgery (practice of skin surgeries).

As “skin doctors”, dermatologists are physicians who diagnose and treat diseases of the skin. Their job responsibility includes examining the patients, carrying out grafts, smears of the affected skin and perform laser treatments on the affected areas. Some of the more common skin diseases include: skin cancer, warts, fungal infections, psoriasis, hair loss or excessive hair growth. Apart from the skin, a dermatologist is also concerned with treating hair, scalp and nail diseases.

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Dr Vibha Gupta
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Dr Vibha Gupta

Dr Vibha Gupta, a feature writer, is a Ph.D. in Mathematics from IIT Roorkee. Her book Careers: A Pathfinder and articles in various publications are an attempt to guide students in choosing a career according to their natural strengths, talents and skills.