Areas of Treatment
KaMarin Dermatology Clinic deals with any skin problems that are visible to the naked eye.
We treat a variety of symptoms including athlete's foot, insect bites, skin infection, chronic and acute eczema, acne, etc... We try our best to provide the most precise diagnosis by using skin ultrasound and tools such as the dermascope. We also provide phototherapy treatment.
In addition to symptoms such as atopic dermatitis, hives, and contact dermatitis, we also treat food allergy, metallic allergy, hay fever, allergic rhinitis and allergic conjuctivitis, and eyelid dermatitis. We also conduct sublingual immunotherapy and various allergy tests.
We take in newborn babies and infants. We treat symptoms common to infants such as dry skin and allergies. We can provide you with skincare advice.
We perform removal surgery of moles and other growths. Our clinic is equipped with a skin ultrasound that is able to provide an even more precise diagnosis of the growths. We also treat burns, skin trauma, and pressure ulcers. We make sure that wounds heal quickly and cleanly, and devise various ways to cover the wounds.
For patients wishing to obtain a more beautiful skin, we have laser treatment equipment. We also provide various other treatments such as chemical peels although these treatments are not covered by insurance.
Other treatments we offer that are not covered by insurance include foot care and treatment for symptoms such as intractable rosacea and viral warts. Having experience treating skin diseases of patients on dialysis, we also deal with various foot problems associated with diabetes or age.
If an examination cannot be performed at our clinic or if a patient needs to be hospitalized, we will coordinate with a nearby general hospital or a university hospital.
Our clinic director, Yuhki Fukunaga, loves Kamakura and the ocean. "KaMarin" was the name that immediately sprang to her mind.
Kamakura is filled with nature and the ocean (marine) is right in front of us...Kamakura and marine.
"Kama" and "Marine"..."KaMarin!"
There is another reason why Fukunaga thought of this name.
The skin is an important organ that protects the body from the external world. Have you noticed that the skin sometimes sends out SOS signs in various forms in order to get our attention?
If you get an insect bite, the skin will "itch." If something is on your skin, it will feel "ticklish." If the skin is about to get burned, it will feel "hot." If symptoms get bad, there will be an inflammatory reaction and the skin will become red. The skin is also said to be "a reflection of your internal organs" and will cause a rash whenever something is not right, as if to say, "Pay attention to me!!"
In Japanese, "kamatte" means "pay attention to me."
Fukunaga thought Kamarin would be a perfect name for the skin asking us to "kamatte!"
We at KaMarin Dermatology Clinic try to lend an ear to everyone's skin that is screaming for our attention.
KaMarin's logo is a jellyfish.
To be more precise, it's a moon jelly, a type of jellyfish that doesn't do any harm. It is round, transparent, and very cute. They can be seen at the Enoshima Aquarium.
In the summer, moon jellies can be seen floating in the ocean in Kamakura, but there are also other jellyfish such as the square-shaped Carybdea marsupialis with the long tentacles, and the larger Physalis physalis. Be careful because if you get stung by these jellyfish, your skin will become extremely itchy! If you do get stung, wash the area well with sea water. If the itchiness persists, please consult us.
So why a moon jelly? Because its plumpness and shininess reminded Fukunaga of collagen, which is key to a beautiful skin. Is Fukunaga the only one who has such a positive image of jellyfish???
The image of the jellyfish floating on the sea surface is a bit like the pathological tissue.
While visible symptoms such as a rash tells us of changes occurring on the surface of the skin, there may be other dramatic changes going on below the surface, such as an inflammatory reaction, cellular outgrowth, or pigment production.
Let's say that the skin is the ocean. The ocean may appear calm on the surface, but below that surface, there may be a fight among the fittest to survive, new lives are being born, and various dramas involving all kinds of creatures may be unfolding.
This is why we at KaMarin Dermatology Clinic try to imagine what is going on underneath the surface when examining our patients.
Below the jellyfish is not a "star" but a "starfish" which is "hitode" in Japanese, meaning "a person's hand."
When Fukunaga was a novice dermatologist, a senior doctor told her to "look at the patients' hand when examining them." Hands tend to be overlooked, but they tend to exhibit signs of various diseases. Certain characteristic symptoms that appear on the hands are signs of collagen disease, and changes in the appearance of nails could be signs of anemia or pulmonary dysfunction.
Fukunaga may be looking at your hands when you come in for your examination.
At night, our clinic sign lights up and shines below the moon.
Please come and take a look at it when you are in the area.