When Should I See a Dermatologist?

Dermatologists are physicians who are experts on skin, hair and nails. They are able to provide information about proper care, irregularities and diseases, as well as treatments for ailments involving your skin, hair and nails. Although the sun can feel welcoming on a long day, it is important to look out for particular signs and symptoms of serious skin damage. We have identified some signs that may be concerning, where an appointment with your dermatologist is advisable.

Itchy, red scalp:

Scalp Psoriasis is a common condition that appears in raised, reddish, scaly patches. This disorder is itchy and can affect your entire scalp. Not only could this issue have your co-workers serving you odd looks and scooting away from you in the office, but can be extremely bothersome. Fortunately, scalp psoriasis is treatable and not something you have to live with forever.

Hair Loss:

Hair loss could be caused by a variety of sources, ranging from genetics, to alopecia or other medical condition. If you are experiencing excessive hair loss or a sudden bald patch, your dermatologist can help to determine the cause and proper course of treatment. Although some over-the-counter products may resolve the issue for some time, it is important to see a physician to get to the root cause of the problem.

Bad Sunburn:

Every time a person experiences a bad sunburn, they increase their risk of developing squamous-cell carcinoma considerably. Sun burn can cause skin damage and can result in tender, wart-like lumps. If you notice this type of reaction or any other changes to your skin after time spent in the sun, you should visit your dermatologist right away. Don’t worry for the rest of summer. Avoid wasting time and discomfort – Get it checked right away.

New Skin Growth:

It is generally recommended by most dermatologists to check your skin regularly. By performing regular skin inspections, you will be able to detect any irregularities, new growths, or changes to your skin. If you notice an abnormal growth that doesn’t go away in 2-3 weeks, it may be cause for concern. Although the new mark may be benign, there is always a chance that it is Melanoma, a form of deadly skin cancer. The important thing to remember is that Melanoma doesn’t have to be deadly. It can be cured through surgical removal if it is detected early enough. With that being said, perform those self-examinations regularly, and don’t put off visiting your physician if you discover something unusual.

Worsening Acne:

Many individuals with difficult acne, think that they are stuck with it. Not only can serious acne be embarrassing and uncomfortable, but it can permanently damage your skin. Dermatologists have remedies beyond over-the-counter creams that can be very effective. They are also very familiar with the scarring that severe acne can leave, and can help you to prevent this from happening. See a dermatologist if you struggle with long-term acne or notice an increase in break-outs.

Changing Mole:

A mole that has changed in size, color, or starts to itch or bleed, should be taken seriously. If you notice any of these types of changes, it is time to see a dermatologist. On the chance that it is skin cancer, the faster you notice the issue and take action, the better.

When it comes to changing moles, check out our article on self-exams and ABCDEs- what to look for.

Change in nail growth:

A dermatologist also treats nails. Pus under your nail, discoloration, a raised nail bed, and general prolonged pain are all good reasons to see a dermatologist. If you have a nail infection, it is important to treat it before it spreads. Also, if you notice a change in the strength or color of your nails, your dermatologist can help and you should schedule an appointment.

Aging Skin:

Despite the fact that we all experience natural aging, some people get wrinkles and begin to age prematurely. This is not necessarily a condition that you have to accept. Your dermatologist can provide tips and products to keep you looking your best. Rather than investing in expensive skin care and treatments right off the bat, it is best to consult with your physician. They can save you a lot of money and time by helping you identify the products that will be most effective for you.

Permanent Blushing:

A condition known as rosacea presents itself as red, flushed skin, broken vessels, inflammation, and often red bumps that look like acne. Even though the exact cause of the disorder is not certain, it is still possible to treat. Sun exposure, wind, cold weather, hot beverages, alcohol, spicy foods, stress, exercise and other factors can contribute to the severity of rosacea. Unfortunately, many of these causes are aspects of life that most people enjoy or cannot avoid. IPL, intense pulsed light, is a treatment recommended by many dermatologists. During this procedure, the rosacea is treated through the delivery of intense pulsed light in precise amounts on the face, neck and chest. See a dermatologist to find out if this may be right for you.

New Rash:

Rashes are very complex conditions to diagnose accurately without the expertise of a dermatologist. You can find yourself Googling an extensive amount of images that appear very similar. If you are experiencing a rash that covers a large portion of the body it should be examined by a physician. Additionally, if your rash is accompanied by pain or fever, you should consult a dermatologist as soon as possible. Eczema and other chronic skin conditions often present themselves like an ordinary rash, so it is important to get diagnosed and obtain the proper treatment.

A Sore That Isn’t Healing:

Similar to moles and other changes to your skin, a sore can also be an early warning sign of possible skin cancer. It is crucial to pay attention to any skin sores and to keep track of how long they have been there. If you notice a sore that isn’t healing properly, you should visit a dermatologist.

Oftentimes, patients think the sore is just a stubborn pimple. Oftentimes, these turn out to be cancerous. Don’t worry right away if you are experiencing a sore for a couple weeks because some bug bites can last up to month. However, generally pimples and big bites heal within the 30-day mark. A skin condition, on the other hand, persists and usually worsens. If you are experiencing a sore that lasts longer than a month, make an appointment.

Excessive Sweating:

Good news! The embarrassing, excessive perspiration that you may be experiencing can also be treated. Dermatologists provide an array of options including Botox and other treatments for individuals living with overactive sweat glands. If you struggle with sweating or if your skin has become noticeably drier, this may be the result of a hormonal imbalance which can be addressed. Contact your dermatologist.

If it Has Been Over a Year Since Your Last Visit:

Did you know that the most common cancer in people 20 to 30-years-old is Melanoma? This is why it is important for people of all ages to be checked for serious skin disorders on a regular basis. Self -examination is good, but analyzing all of your skin by yourself is difficult. There are many spots on the body that you simply cannot check by yourself. Dermatologists are not only experts in detecting skin cancers early on but can also discuss preventative strategies and personalized skin care recommendations. If you haven’t been to the dermatologist in over a year, schedule an appointment.