Medical skin conditions are different from cosmetic skin conditions because the former can be hazardous to your overall health. Medical dermatology focuses on the health concerns caused by skin cancers, sun exposure, eczema, and more; cosmetic dermatology focuses on aesthetics, or on improving one’s appearance. For suspected serious dermatological issues, you need an expert board-certified dermatologist like Oahu native Kory Kitagawa, MD, FAAD. Dr. Kitagawa’s passion for and knowledge of biology and medical dermatology allow him to offer patients the latest in treatments and/or procedures for all serious medical skin conditions. He performs biopsies and several surgical procedures in the comfortable surroundings of his office.
The medical dermatology team at Kitagawa Dermatology in Honolulu encourages you to contact us today for exceptional care of any suspected serious medical skin conditions.Continue Reading
Expert Medical Skin Condition Treatment
From acne to eczema to cancer, Honolulu residents turn to Kitagawa Dermatology for their various medical dermatological conditions:
Actinic Keratosis – Sometimes called solar keratosis, this condition is caused by years of sun exposure that cause rough, scaly patches to develop on such sun-exposed areas as the face, ears, forearms, neck, scalp, or the back of the hands.
Hidradenitis Suppurativa – A rare condition characterized by lumps under the skin from rubbing against another surface on the body, such as the armpit. It is a long-term medical skin condition if not treated.
Eczema – There are many types of this incurable medical skin condition. It’s estimated that around 10% of Americans are afflicted. The different types of eczema are usually characterized by red, dry, itchy skin.
Melasma – A common dermatological condition typified by grayish-brown patches on the face and other body parts due to sun exposure or hormones.
Nail Fungus – An infection that affects both toenails and fingernails. If the infection gets deep, it can cause discoloration, thickening, and/or crumbling of the nail.
Psoriasis – It is a chronic disease of the immune system that causes inflammation and forms thick, red, itchy patches called plaques.
Rosacea/Redness – A chronic, incurable dermatological condition that affects about 5% of Americans. Characterized by a seemingly permanent flushing of the face and inflamed blood vessels that can become visible.
Skin Cancer – Abnormalities in skin cells featuring DNA damage that causes mutations or defects in the cells. The infected cells spread rapidly and form tumors that can become malignant. There are many kinds of skin cancer.
Urticaria – Known more commonly as hives, this condition is characterized by itchy, stinging, or burning, swollen pale red skin, bumps, or welts that can suddenly appear due to allergies.
Vitiligo – A dermatological disorder distinguished by white patches that appear on different body parts because the pigment cells in the skin have been destroyed. Vitiligo can also affect the eyes and the mucous membranes inside the mouth and nose.
Warts – An infection that causes a small, hard lump to grow on the skin’s surface.
In-Office Procedures Available at Kitagawa Dermatology
Kitagawa Dermatology provides medical dermatological services and procedures right in our Hawaii office. This allows patients to be taken care of by an expert staff in familiar surroundings.
Liquid Nitrogen/Cryotherapy – Cryotherapy is a treatment that uses liquid nitrogen to freeze lesions on the surface of the skin. Dermatological conditions targeted with cryotherapy include actinic keratosis, warts, and some superficial skin cancers.
Skin Biopsies – A sample of tissue is removed from the skin, prepared, and then analyzed under a microscope. There are different methods for performing this procedure, which is most often done when skin cancer is suspected.
Excision of Skin Cancers – Usually done as an outpatient procedure, having the melanoma removed is a simple procedure that can be done in the comfort of Kitagawa Dermatology.
Electrodesiccation & Curettage – A common medical dermatology procedure to treat some cancers in which an electrical needle-like device and a round, dull instrument called a curette are alternately used to superheat and gently scrape cancer down to skin level.
Electrocautery – A process in which a heated surgical electrode is applied to a particular area to heat the tissue in order to close a wound, remove a growth, and more.
Allergy Patch Testing – A test done without needles to discover whether a patient’s medical dermatological condition can be aggravated or caused by a contact allergy. It can often uncover allergic reactions that don’t manifest for several days.
To find out the best procedure for your medical skin condition, contact Kitagawa Dermatology in Hawaii for a consultation with our friendly, highly trained staff. To read more about medical dermatology, please visit Webmd.com.
Why Choose Kitagawa Dermatology
Dr. Kitagawa and staff are friendly, compassionate, highly qualified, and expertly trained. For care of a medical skin condition, Honolulu residents are encouraged to contact Dr. Kitagawa. He is a surgical and medical dermatological specialist who also serves at Kuakini Medical Center as an inpatient consultant on all dermatological issues.
Patients love Dr. Kitagawa for his personalized service – he actually texts back and forth with his patients! His wife is the marketing and business development guru. Altogether, the great team provides exceptional medical care in a comfortable environment.
Schedule a Medical Dermatological Services Consultation Today
Regardless of your condition, expert dermatologist Dr. Kitagawa provides Hawaii’s best skin care. To accurately diagnose your specific medical skin condition or ailment, find an appropriate treatment plan, or ask any questions about cosmetic dermatological services, Visit Kitagawa Dermatology in Honolulu or call 808.533.4434 today with questions about any of your dermatological concerns.
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