5 signs to visit a Dermatologist
Author: Dr. Namita Singh
We spend a lot of time taking care of our skin and thinking about ways to keep it healthy. Many even try to treat certain issues using simple over the counter medications. Ever wondered what are the signs that indicate you need to see a dermatologist? Skin issues are not just confined to the blemishes or wrinkles. They are very common and can be easily treated by your general physician. However, there are other thousand of issues that require immediate medical attention. These can be rashes, new growth, or pus. Sometimes, symptoms appear light and are often ignored by individuals. These signs should not be taken lightly as they can be an indication of a more serious issue like auto-immune disorders. So, what are these issues?
Below are some critical signs that require immediate evaluation by a dermatologist - a doctor that specializes in treating skin, hair, and nails.
Skin rashes usually develop due to allergy and should dissipate within a few days. If you develop a rash that is recurring or doesn’t go away within a couple days, it’s time to see a dermatologist. Rashes can be signs of skin disorders like eczema. Immediate consultation can prevent the possible spread of rash to other areas of the body.
Change in moles appearance
Moles are common and their appearances aren’t alarming. However, any change in the shape, color or size in your mole can be a cause for concern. These could be the sign of skin cancer, so getting it checked out right away could prevent serious complications.
Unexplained hair loss
Hair loss is a very common occurrence. Most people lose up to 100 strands a day and that is normal. However, excess hair loss without any particular reason or bald patches or thinning hair can be a sign of a serious condition. Causes of hair loss can be related to poor eating habits, pregnancy or hereditary. Your dermatologist may prescribe you medication, surgical treatment or laser treatment to restore growth or to reduce the visibility of hair loss.
New skin growth
This is the main reason why dermatologists recommend having regular skin examination. An abnormal growth on the skin could be a warning sign of the skin cancer. It is not something to take lightly. Early detection can save your life. Consult a dermatologist if any skin growth doesn’t go away after a week or two.
Sweating is a natural phenomenon in humans. It is our body’s way to eliminate toxins out. However, excess sweating can be an indication of diabetes, hyperhidrosis or thyroid problems. Consult a dermatologist to identify the real cause of the problem. Your dermatologist may recommend you medication or surgical treatment.
Unprotected exposure to the sun causes sunburn. This sunburned skin can cause pain and discomfort. If you experience sunburn along with pus, blisters or high fever, you could develop an infection or painful scarring. Consult a dermatologist immediately, he may give you a prescription medication to prevent infection and ensure that the skin heals up as best as it can.
Changes in your nail
Painful nails, pus under the nails or an ingrown nail needs treatment from a dermatologist. Brittle or yellow nails are the sign of fungal infection, which can be treated with antibiotics. Nail infection could also be associated with other diseases such as diabetes, heart disease or liver disease. Your dermatologist will diagnose your condition and prescribe a better treatment plan.
Varicose and Spider veins
Varicose veins are swollen, twisted and enlarged veins that you can see beneath the surface of your skin. Varicose veins form when the valves in the veins become weak or damaged. They often affect the legs, but can form in other parts of the body as well. They typically occur in bluish- purple or red color and can be painful sometimes. Your dermatologist may recommend you certain medication, lifestyle change, laser treatment or surgery to ease the pain.
Sometimes, especially in COVID-19 times, one feels reluctant to visit a doctor and above medical conditions should be treated sooner rather than later. Credence brings you an opportunity to consult a dermatologist through video calling in just a few clicks. Schedule a consultation with a dermatologist to address your skin complaints and maintain the health of your skin.
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