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TREATING SERIOUS CONDITIONS

TREATING SERIOUS CONDITIONS

Dermatology is more than skin deep. Dermatologists are trained to detect, diagnose, and treat hundreds of conditions, and can provide a first alert for diseases such as cancer and diabetes.

WORKING AS PARTNERS

When dermatologists work with other physicians as part of the health care team, benefits can include improved patient outcomes and lowered health care costs.


INCREASING ACCESS

As with many specialties, timely access to care can be challenging. The American Academy of Dermatology is identifying and sharing innovative approaches to improve access to dermatology.

Partners

IMPACT OF SKIN DISEASE ON PATIENTS

Each year, millions of Americans seek treatment for skin conditions.
Patients and caregivers share how serious skin diseases have affected their lives and their families.

Teamwork makes a difference

In an era of value-based payment, physician partnerships are increasingly vital. Dermatologists working with other specialists means better care for patients, better teamwork across specialties, and expanded access to expertise.

BURDEN OF SKIN DISEASE

New data from the American Academy of Dermatology demonstrates that skin disease is prevalent in the United States, is expected to increase as the population ages, and is a significant burden to patients and our health care system.

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SHINGLES AND HEART HEALTH

Adults who have had shingles may be at a higher risk for heart problems.

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ECZEMA AND EYE DISEASE

Eczema affects more that your skin. Adults with eczema are at a higher risk of developing ocular diseases.

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ATOPIC DERMATITIS AND AUTOIMMUNE DISEASES

Patients with atopic dermatitis, especially those who smoke, are at higher risk for having multiple autoimmune diseases.

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PSORIASIS AND BONE HEALTH

People with psoriasis or psoriatic arthritis are at a significantly higher risk of suffering bone fractures.

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ECZEMA'S HIDDEN TOLLS

For millions of Americans with eczema, horrible itching is just the beginning. They are at heightened risk for several other medical conditions, and also face reduced quality of life.

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ROSACEA AND MEMORY LOSS

Dermatologists and other physicians treating rosacea patients 60 and older who exhibit signs of cognitive changes should refer them for appropriate neurological screening and diagnosis.

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PSORIASIS AND DIABETES

Psoriasis is not just a skin disease. There is a correlation between psoriasis, diabetes and excess weight, perhaps due to a common genetic cause.

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PSORIASIS AFFECTS MENTAL HEALTH

Patients with psoriasis report that they are both physically and mentally affected by the disease. Many say the disease bears a “heavy emotional toll” and report feeling isolated or shunned due to their condition.

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SLEEP IMPACTS SKIN CANCER RISK

Sleep apnea—interruptions in breathing while sleeping—doesn’t just leave patients tired. It can also diminish their immune system health, especially among patients with melanoma.

Share your story

The Academy is seeking stories from its members, other physicians and patients that demonstrate how dermatologists help improve patients’ health, how dermatologists and other physicians work together to better treat patients, or how dermatologists are working to improve access to their expertise. Your participation is greatly appreciated.

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Briefly, share your story about a collaboration between dermatologists and other specialists, how a dermatologist improved a patient’s health, or a specific effort to increase access to dermatology.