A dermatologist is a doctor who specializes in skin, hair, nails and the mucus membranes inside the mouth, nose and eyelids. They help patients of all ages with many different diseases including skin cancer, eczema, acne, psoriasis, and nail infections.
When is it time to see a dermatologist?For many people, the family doctor is the first stop for a persistent rash or acne problem. Over the counter medications or lotions can sometimes provide relief. However, if those solutions don't alleviate your problems or stop working, it's time to see a dermatologist. Common issues with which a dermatologist can help:
- Recurrent acne or an acne breakout that lasts longer than two weeks
- Cystic acne - large painful "underground" spots in your skin
- Eczema - an itchy rash
- Psoriasis - irritated, red skin - often with flaky silver/white patches
- A mole or sun spot that has changed appearance