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Dermatology

What is dermatology?

At Johns Hopkins Aramco Healthcare (JHAH), our dermatology team provides comprehensive care if you have skin, or hair and nail problems. We diagnose, treat and advise on skin-related problems such as eczema, skin cancer and psoriasis. We can also reduce scarring caused by injury, burns, previous surgery, chickenpox or acne.

Dermatology treatments, services and procedures

We treat a range of common skin conditions including:

  • Acne: The most common skin condition, acne affects most teenagers and young adults. Medications, including Isotretinoin (Roaccutane), are offered to treat the causes of acne, and our experts also provide nutritional and skincare advice
  • Alopecia areata: An inflammatory autoimmune condition leading to hair loss, alopecia areata is treated using intralesional steroid injections
  • Dermatitis and eczema: We provide support and treatment if you are suffering from inflammatory skin conditions such as atopic or contact dermatitis, or discoid eczema
  • Hidradenitis: An inflammatory condition, which can lead to boils and abscesses in the skin creases
  • Lichen planus: Another inflammatory condition, lichen planus can affect skin, hair, nails and mucous membranes. Our expert team offers treatment
  • Psoriasis: This common inflammatory condition affects two percent of the population. If you suffer from psoriasis, our experts are here to help. We use a range of therapies including methotrexate, cyclosporine, biological treatment and phototherapy
  • Skin infections: Bacterial infections such as cellulitis and impetigo, fungal infections like tinea and pityriasis versicolor, and viral infections such as warts and molluscum, are all treated by our expert teams

We provide different forms of laser and light treatment to treat skin conditions as effectively as possible. This includes: 

  • Phototherapy (light treatment): Phototherapy is an effective treatment for inflammatory conditions such as eczema, lichen planus and psoriasis, as well as pruritus (itchy skin)
  • Excimer laser: Our experts use an excimer laser – which emits an intense UVB light – to help restore pigmentation and treat vitiligo
  • Pulsed dye laser: This is used by our experts to treat port-wine stains and vascular lesions
  • Q-switched laser: This is used to treat pigmented birthmarks

Our experts diagnose, investigate and treat various types of skin cancer, working closely with plastic and general surgeons to ensure that they are completely removed. Our services include: 

  • Moles/birthmarks: We provide a mole checking and monitoring service, and also remove moles for diagnostic purposes
  • Skin biopsy: A skin biopsy is a minor procedure in which a small skin sample is removed under local anesthetic for diagnosis. This sample is then sent to the lab to be analyzed by our pathologists.

We also provide additional services. These include:

  • Botulinum toxin (Botox): If you suffer from excessive underarm sweating, our experts may suggest the use of Botox
  • Patch testing: TruTest is used as a patch test to check for contact allergies
  • Skin tags: If you want a skin tag removed, our experts can perform a procedure under anesthetic cream

What to expect from our dermatology services

When arranging an appointment, we will ensure that you see one of our experienced dermatology consultants. Our dedicated team will look after you every step of the way – from giving advice at your first consultation, to offering ongoing support after your treatment.

Our Dermatology Clinic is not a self-referral service, so your Primary Care physician will make a referral for you if they believe you need a dermatologist to evaluate your skin condition. You will be invited to the Dermatology Clinic usually two to four weeks after your referral from Primary Care.

Dermatology Clinic visit

When you arrive at the Dermatology Clinic you will be checked in, and within five minutes, a dermatology nurse will carry out an initial clinical screening. Wait times are around 15-20 minutes, and your appointment will usually last around 20 minutes. Depending on your condition, you may need to take part in further imaging procedures and/or lab tests.

All procedures and any follow-up appointments can be arranged by the dermatology team at the front desk. If you have further diagnostic and/or intervention procedures, our nursing staff will explain how to prepare, and answer any questions about your next steps within dermatology services.

 

Our patients say it best

Exceptional care from the whole team, starting with the receptionist, nurse and doctor. I had a wonderful experience.

My doctor and nurse were caring and warm. They made my wife and I feel very comfortable. I felt like I was back with our home physician in Birmingham, Alabama. A great group. Way to go, JHAH.

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