Advances have been made in treating one of the most serious skin diseases and there is equally welcome news on other conditions.
21st century research and development is bringing exciting new treatments for dermatological conditions. Biologics and inhibitors are examples, which improve further with data analysis to bring better targeting.
Simpler treatments have also become more effective, along with intervention using lasers, or other light therapies. They are valuable but to be beneficial, they share a need for accurate, prompt diagnosis.
The dedication and experience of a consultant dermatologist should lead diagnosis. This can be supported by the latest technology, such as the confocal laser microscope we often use to eliminate a need for biopsy.
Advances in artificial intelligence can also be an asset, computer modelling is ideal for tracking skin changes but no system yet matches human ability.
The complexity of the human brain exceeds alternatives, to pull together training, knowledge and experience. People also have a greater insight into each other, an ability to pick up more than visible symptoms.
Diagnosis at our London clinic will always include the best aids available, with a consultant dermatologist there to reach timely decisions.
Prompt Diagnosis Counts
The advantages early diagnosis brings for skin cancers is well known and should not be understated. Similar thoughts apply to other conditions, such as psoriasis and to minimising the treatment patients require.
Knowing where you stand and starting to move forward are key factors in reducing the psychological effects skin conditions can have. Social interaction and family, or work activities tend to be less affected.
Finding melanoma at an early stage can literally save lives but for all conditions, we recognise the value of a prompt diagnosis. This allows suitable treatment to begin, whatever your condition, or individual needs.
Our Skin Is Unique
Good diagnosis is based on skill and knowledge but needs to take into account the person being seen, we are all different.
Skin colour can be a factor, this is just skin deep but there are key variations. Age can matter, we don’t stay the same as the years pass by. Family backgrounds and genetic traits will vary, along with lives we have led.
The consultant dermatologist you see should be the right person for you, with suitable experience. They should also be in a position to confer with fellow specialists in unusual cases, nobody has in depth knowledge of everything.
A focus on understanding you will invariably lead to a better diagnosis and ensure you have access to tests, or advice which will help. Diagnostic consultation must be about appreciating each person’s requirements.
A diagnosis can bring a welcome surprise and dispel worries you had. Discovering that you have a particular skin condition can instead raise concerns but the best way to set them aside is to focus on the future.
Accuracy and timeliness are keystones of diagnosis at our dermatology clinic. They are backed up by openly sharing information and by joint decisions to put in place the best treatment for you.
In medical dermatology, diagnosis is a vital stepping stone to tailored treatment, to help our patients and their families see real progress.
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