Skin Diseases - Hormonal, Immune Mediated, and Autoimmune
A common cause of skin disease is failure of an endocrine organ to secrete the proper amount of its hormone. This usually results in hair loss and abnormal skin quality. Depending on the hormone involved, there may be other subtle changes. Through analysis of your pet's medical history and detailed physical exam, Dr. Nichols can determine which organ is involved and direct the diagnostic work up. Hormonal disorders usually carry a good prognosis and quite often can be managed with the proper medication.
Immune-mediated skin diseases are those where factors such as drugs, bacteria, or viruses stimulate an immunologic reaction that results in tissue damage. Autoimmune skin disease occurs when an animal's body recognizes its own skin as foreign. As a result of this abnormal immune response the skin is damaged. In a sense, the animal is trying to reject its own skin. Healthy skin and hair coat are a result of many factors, both internal and external. A correct, definitive diagnosis should always be made prior to treatment as numerous diseases have a similar appearance. In order to accurately diagnose and treat immune-mediated and autoimmune skin diseases, Dr. Nichols performs surgical biopsies of affected skin and submits these samples to be analyzed by a dermatopathologist at a laboratory. Positive identification of the type of disease allows him to direct specific and effective therapies.
Dr. Nichols' advanced education in this field allows you peace of mind that your pet is being expertly diagnosed and treated for these life-altering and potentially life-threatening diseases.
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