Skin Disorders

Dermatologists are the medical specialists who undergo postgraduate medical training to understand the reasons behind why some skin disorders occur, how to diagnose the condition properly and so initiate the most appropriate treatment suited to that patient.

Common skin disorders that we manage include:

  • childhood eczema or atopic dermatitis
  • psoriasis
  • acne
  • rosacea
  • hair and nail disorders

Patch Testing:

Eastern Suburbs Dermatology also offers patients access to standard patch testing which is a form of allergy testing looking for possible causes of contact dermatitis. Most common forms of contact allergy that you may be aware of include costume jewellery intolerance (nickel allergy) and allergy to sticking plaster.

Patch testing can correctly identify the causative allergen which once identified may lead to remission of the contact dermatitis.


Psoriasis is one of the most common skin disorders that dermatologists diagnose and treat – in general this is a chronic condition of the skin for which there is no cure but with appropriate therapy there may be prolonged symptom free periods. It is now also recognised that many patients with psoriasis may have associated arthritis and the metabolic syndrome (obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure and lipid or cholesterol abnormalities). ESD dermatologists can help to guide patients through the different treatments that are available to manage psoriasis.

Atopic Dermatitis:

Atopic dermatitis (or atopic eczema) is another condition which dermatologists are commonly called on to manage. Although the majority of patients with this improve with age, the persistent itch of this skin disorder has a major effect on the quality of life of patients it afflicts – and on occasion this disorder persists well into adulthood. Dermatologists are well placed to manage this skin disorder.

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