What Is Primary Care Dermatology?

Family doctors see and manage approximately 70% of all skin conditions seen and managed by a dermatologist.

Primary care dermatology includes:

Skin cancer screenings and evaluations for:

Melanomas
Squamous cell carcinoma (scc)
Basal cell carcinoma (bcc)
Actinic keratosis (AKs)

Simple skin cancer lesions can be treated at my office. However, some skin cancers such as scc, bcc (see above) and melanomas may need to be referred to a MOHs surgeon, dermatologist, or plastic surgeon for final management as these lesions can require extensive skin surgery. This depends on skin cancer type, depth and spread of a lesion, and high risk areas such as the face.

Any bcc, scc, (see above) or melanoma on the head, neck, or face will be referred to a specialist for final management pending skin cancer depth and or size.

Skin Biopsies:

When a skin biopsy is necessary, the specimen will be sent to our pathologists for evaluation. They will bill your insurance company directly for their services.

Other common skin conditions that I treat:

  • Psoriasis (topical medicine only)
  • Seborrheic dermatitis and keratosis
  • Warts (see below)
  • Acne (I do not prescribe accutane)
  • Skin tags
  • Benign Moles
  • Chronic fungal toe nail infections
  • Cherry angiomas
  • Athlete’s foot and other fungal skin infections such as Jock itch and ringworm
  • Eczema (dry, rough, and scaly skin)
  • Atopic dermatitis
  • Impetigo
  • Poison ivy/other plant rashes
  • Bites and stings
  • Shingles
  • Rosacea
  • Genital warts

If your condition requires a dermatologist, I will be able to determine this by examination and or biopsy. When needed, I will refer you to a dermatologist or skin surgeon for final management of the skin condition. Thus, I am not a dermatologist but I can manage common skin conditions.

Other procedures / services offered here at Hidalgo Integrative Medicine:

  • Laceration repair
  • Ingrown toe nail treatment