02 Feb What a Dermatologist Treats
There are over 3,000 different skin conditions and diseases. Some are more common than others, such as acne, rosacea, and psoriasis, but a reputable dermatologist like those at Spectrum Dermatology is adept at diagnosing and treating all. Many times, a patient won’t go to a dermatologist until something is so bothersome with their skin that they can’t take it anymore. Acne is experienced by most people at some point in their life, and it’s so common that it’s easy to forget that it’s a medical skin disease. In cases of severe acne, pain and lifelong scarring are common. Quality of life and mental health are also affected by these seemingly harmless skin conditions.
Patients also try to self-diagnose, especially with things like acne and rashes that are so common. However, if you try to self-diagnose and self-treat, you could do more harm than good. Starting a treatment for acne when you really psoriasis, for example, could irritate the psoriasis and make it worse. This leads to discomfort and wasted money. Also bear in mind that over the counter creams and ointments cannot compare to prescription medications. It is always best to see your dermatologist right away when you notice anything happening with your skin.
Red Skin Issues
Red skin is a sign of irritation. As such, it can be found in those with acne, rosacea, psoriasis, and many types of rashes. It’s tempting to try to soothe the skin with lotions, but (once again) this isn’t the best treatment for all red skin ailments. Lotions and creams can contain a variety of ingredients that might irritate the skin. Your dermatologist will recommend the best treatment plan for you once they have diagnosed your condition.
Also remember that the skin irregularity you are experiencing could be skin cancer. One in five Americans will have some type of skin cancer by the time they are 70. Skin cancer does not always present as a strange-looking mole, although that is often the most common sign of skin cancer. Skin cancer can look like all types of things, including red marks or bumps. If you don’t already have an annual mole check scheduled with your dermatologist, make 2021 the year that this becomes a tradition.
The Reality of Skin Cancer
There are different types of skin cancers, with melanoma being the deadliest. When skin cancer is caught early, no matter the type, it is relatively easy to treat. In most cases, all that is required is a fast in-office excision. Once the sample has been reported to have an “all-clear” border, the skin cancer is considered removed. However, having skin cancer once does increase your odds of having repeat diagnoses of skin cancer in the future. If you’ve been diagnosed with skin cancer, consider it a reminder to never miss your skin check with your dermatologist. Doing self-checks at home, especially if you have someone who can check areas you can’t see yourself (like your scalp or back), is a great complement to the routine dermatology appointments.
Ultimately, there’s no telling what kind of skin condition you have until you see a dermatologist. It could be a bug bite, a reaction to a new soap, or any of the thousands of skin conditions that exist. Stop guessing and schedule an appointment with your dermatologist today. We are currently fully open and following CDC and local guidelines to ensure the health and safety of clients and staff alike.
Even if you do diagnose your condition correctly, it’s very unlikely that you are treating the condition as best as possible. Whether you’ve been struggling with an issue for weeks or years, there are always avenues for a better treatment plan. Even in cases that are incurable, such as rosacea, working with a dermatologist to identify your triggers (which can change throughout the years) and best practices can help you minimize flareups.
Dermatological care falls into two categories, medical and cosmetic. In many cases, a patient will benefit from care under both of these umbrellas. For example, treating and preventing acne is medical, but addressing the scarring left behind from past breakouts is cosmetic. By choosing a clinic that offers both, you are guaranteed beautiful and healthy skin. Schedule your consultation or appointment today at Spectrum Dermatology using our online booking system.