CONTRIBUTED CONTENT — When it comes to taking care of our skin, most of us rely on over-the-counter products and home remedies. But sometimes, that’s not enough, and we need the help of a professional. That’s where a dermatologist comes in.
Dermatologists are medical doctors who specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of conditions affecting the skin, hair and nails. While many people think of them as being solely concerned with cosmetic concerns, such as anti-aging treatments, they actually do much more than that. In fact, there are many reasons why you should see a dermatologist.
Dermatologists can treat chronic skin, hair and nail conditions that may not respond to over-the-counter treatments. They have specialized training and experience that makes them a good choice to diagnose and treat skin conditions that your primary care provider may not be able to do.
Dermatologists can also diagnose and treat skin cancer. This is important because skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the United States, and early detection and treatment are key to successful outcomes. A dermatologist can also help you understand the risk factors for skin cancer and provide guidance on how to protect your skin from the sun.
Regular visits to a dermatologist can also help with tracking any changes in your skin over time. Healthy adults without a history of skin cancer should see a dermatologist yearly for a skin check. These checkups can help identify any suspicious growths or changes that may require further evaluation or treatment.
But it’s not just about routine checkups. You should also see a dermatologist if you have any issues between your regular visits, such as rashes, suspicious growths or uncontrolled acne. If you have a personal or family history of skin cancer, you should be checked more frequently.
Some common conditions a dermatologist can treat are acne, dermatitis, hemangioma, itchy skin, psoriasis, skin cancer, skin infections, warts, moles, skin tags, hair loss, skin or nail infections and many more.
Seeing a dermatologist is important for maintaining the health of your skin, hair and nails. Whether you have a chronic condition that needs treatment or just want to stay on top of your skin health, a dermatologist can provide the expertise and guidance you need. So don’t hesitate to make an appointment today!
Written by MICHAEL WARREN, PA-C, for Vivida Dermatology.
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