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Dermatology involves but is not limited to study, research, and diagnosis of normal and disorders, diseases, cancers, cosmetic and ageing conditions of the skin, fat, hair, nails and oral and genital membranes, and the management of these by different investigations and therapies, including but not limited to dermatology, topical and systemic medications, dermatologic surgery and dermatologic cosmetic surgery, immunotherapy, phototherapy, laser therapy, radiotherapy and photodynamic therapy.

What are the most common skin disorders?

Common skin diseases include

Skin cancer


Fungal infections


Psoriasis - a skin disorder that affects 100,000 New Zealanders.

Acne affects every teenager to one degree or another.

Hand dermatitis, resulting from external contact with detergents and household chemicals, affects most women with young families.

One in six of all children develop atopic eczema

One in five persons suffers from cold sores (herpes simplex).

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