When you break a bone, you go to the emergency room. When you have a fever, you take medicine to break it. But when you have a mole, what do you do? You don’t spend time guessing your way to a possible diagnosis when you have a serious ailment, so why would you go that route for a skin condition?
Dermatologists are medical specialists who can diagnose, treat, and prescribe common skin concerns such as acne, eczema, psoriasis, signs of aging, skin cancer, hair loss and related conditions, rosacea, skin infections, and varicose veins.
Everyone’s gotten a pimple in their life, but what if your condition is chronic, getting in the way of self-esteem, or interfering with your day-to-day life? Not to mention that pimples can be severely painful. It’s rarely life-threatening, but pimples can be a massive inconvenience. While pimple is kind of a one-size-fits-all name for all blemishes, pimples can include whiteheads, blackheads, pimples, and painful cysts.
Dermatologists can examine your skin, help you develop a regimen that targets the source of your acne, and recommend esthetic treatments that work for you.
Not all eczema looks the same; it’s more of a blanket term for different types of skin swelling. People with eczema may struggle with rashes on their faces and extremities. Eczema is itchy and unpleasant, but it is treatable. Your dermatologist can recommend the best course of action, including over-the-counter remedies and prescription creams that may help you get control of your condition.
Psoriasis is an auto-immune condition that many Americans struggle with. The patches of dry, scaly skin are called plaques. They are thick and often itchy or painful. Plaques can appear anywhere on the body, but you’re most likely to find them on your knees, legs, face, scalp, and even your elbows. In some cases, your dermatologist may prescribe an oral medication to suppress your overactive immune system.
Signs of Aging
Even the most confident individuals get caught off guard by a wrinkle in their brow or a drooping eyelid. While dermatologists are great for medical conditions, they are also great resources for safe and FDA-approved cosmetic procedures for the early signs of aging. Dermatologists can treat the early signs of aging with medical strength chemical peels, advanced laser therapy, light therapy, Botox injections, and a variety of fillers that can add a more youthful appearance.
Skin Cancer and Undiagnosed Growths
Skin cancer is a prevalent type of cancer, and it’s highly treatable if it’s caught early. If you put off diagnosing an abnormal new skin growth or you suspect you have skin cancer, it can be deadly. If you have previously had skin cancer, have a family history of skin cancer, or have noticed new skin growths with irregular shapes, sizes, colors, thicknesses, and textures, regular visits to your dermatologist can help you stay ahead of the early signs of skin cancer.
Believe it or not, many people struggle with hair loss at some point in their lives. Alopecia from stress or auto-immune disorders is relatively common, while hair loss during pregnancy or aging can happen episodically and with varying degrees of severity. Your dermatologist will be able to address the root cause of your hair loss through blood tests and potential biopsies. Oral and topical medications may be prescribed, but alternative treatment methods such as laser treatments and surgical procedures may be necessary to restore your desired growth pattern.
Have you found yourself worried about persistent rosy cheeks and nostrils? You may be struggling with rosacea. While the root cause of rosacea is still shrouded in mystery, it’s suspected that heat, exercise, UV light, wind, alcohol, stress, wind, and other environmental factors can contribute to the severity of symptoms. There is currently no cure for rosacea, but symptoms can be managed with topical medications and laser therapy.
Everyone has a moment in their life when they look down at their legs and wonder, “when did I get old?” Varicose veins are painful and swollen veins in your legs that occur when veins weaken over time or have been damaged. Varicose veins increase your susceptibility to blood clots in your legs and skin sores.
People of all genders are vulnerable to varicose veins as they age, gain excess weight, or live a life of minimal movement. Generally, varicose veins are cosmetic, but compression socks, oral medication, and lifestyle changes can reduce their appearance and risk factors for other conditions.
Fungal infections, staph infections, skin lesions, warts, and athlete’s foot are just a few of the common skin concerns dermatologists are able to help you get under control. Your dermatologist can help you diagnose and treat persistent skin conditions.
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