Dermatology Dermatology (der-mah-TALL-oh-jee) is the study of the skin. Dermatology is the branch of medicine involving diagnosis and treatment of conditions and diseases of the integumentary system. A physician who specializing in dermatology is called an dermatologist.
Melanoma Melanoma (mel-a-NOH-ma) is a black tumor. Also called malignant (mah-LIG-nant) melanoma, it is a dangerous form of skin cancer caused by uncontrolled growth of black cells called melanocytes (meh-LAN-oh-sight). Malignant melanoma (MM) can quickly metastasize (spread) to internal organs.
Erythroderma Erythroderma (eh-rith-roh-DER-mah) is an inflammatory skin disease which causes red skin. It is generalized exfoliative dermatitis that involves 100% of a person’s skin. Common causes of Erythroderma are drug reaction or an exacerbation of an underlying skin disease already present.
Onychophagia Onychophagia (on-ih-koh-FAY-jee-ah) means nail eating or nail biting. It is a common compulsive habit in children as well as adults. Onychophagia can result in very sensitive fingertips and can cause hangnails. Behavioral therapy is a possible treatment for this condition.