Dermatology is the diagnosis and treatment of conditions that affect the skin. Skin conditions can present at any time of life and affect people of all ages, however many conditions that persist into adulthood, such as eczema and psoriasis, begin in childhood.
Top 4 common skin conditions
Many skin conditions are the result of a combination of our genes and the environment, but others can arise from common viral infections.
At the Royal Free Hospital Private Patient’s Unit (PPU) we have a dedicated team of expert dermatologists for both paediatric and adult skin conditions. Our dermatology services provide specialist advice and care to families and diagnostic testing using our state-of-the-art equipment.
What we offer
At the Royal Free Hospital Private Patient’s Unit we pride ourselves on providing the highest quality patient care with our comprehensive approach to diagnosis and management of skin conditions. Our specialist centre for dermatology benefits from advanced diagnostic techniques including:
- Skin prick testing and patch testing for common allergens that can trigger and worsen skin conditions
- Blood tests to find specific antibodies for many allergens, such as pollen, wheat, egg, milk, fish and peanuts
Alongside conventional medicines used to treat common skin conditions, our team focus on empowering patients and their families through education and guidance on how to minimise the impact of skin conditions on quality of life.
Many psychological factors such as stress, anxiety and depression are also known to have a major role in the development of some skin conditions. We understand that having a skin condition can affect an individual’s confidence and so we aim to incorporate psychological treatments alongside conventional medicines. These include managing beliefs about appearance as well as helping with habits such as itching and scratching which can impact the efficacy of conventional medicines.
Furthermore, we provide advanced phototherapy techniques including narrowband UVB and PUVA (UV light phototherapy) to help manage complex skin conditions such as psoriasis.