Thursday, March 30, 2017

How do you know: when it's time to see a dermatologist

Wrinkles, freckles, moles, rashes... these are all very common - and usually minor - skin problems for people of all ages. When do they move beyond a nuisance and into the category of needing medical attention? How do you know if you need a dermatologist?

Doctor closely examines the patient's skin

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

Skin cancer screening

Another reason to see a dermatologist? Skin cancer concerns. Anyone can get skin cancer, regardless of skin color, and it is the most frequent kind of cancer in the US. When caught early, skin cancer is highly treatable. If you have a history of skin cancer in your family or have noticed a suspicious mole or mark on your body, you should schedule an appointment with a dermatologist.

Cosmetic dermatology

Dermatologists are also able to provide treatments to help restore a more youthful appearance or reduce scars from injury, surgery or acne. If you have a birthmark or blemish that makes you self-conscious or would like to reduce the wrinkles on your face, a cosmetic dermatologist can help.

Taking care of your skin, nails and hair

A dermatologist can help with more issues than many people realize. If you have one of the issues mentioned above or are looking for help taking care of your skin, nails and hair, call the dermatologist at Logansport Memorial Hospital. Learn more.


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