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It's Time To Visit A Dermatologist If You Have Any Of These Concerns

It's Time To Visit A Dermatologist If You Have Any Of These Concerns

Many people have their physical exams annually. But these exams usually do not include a check-up with a dermatologist. When should you visit a dermatologist clinic? The answers and more in this article.

When to Visit a Dermatologist Clinic

Often, we don’t visit a dermatologist until a skin condition looks concerning or it already affects our general health and daily activities. What requires a visit to the dermatology clinic? Keep these 7 instances in mind.

1. Inflamed, red skin that won’t clear with home remedies

A pesky insect bite here and there often doesn’t need a visit to the dermatologist, but if inflamed, red, and itchy skin won’t go away, perhaps it’s time to set an appointment.

Inflamed, red skin can be a sign of eczema, but it can also be an allergic reaction. To be absolutely certain about the diagnosis and treatment, get in touch with a doctor.

2. Unexpected or unexplained changes in your skin

Do you have a mole or patch of skin that unexpectedly changed its appearance or size? Maybe you noticed a skin growth that wasn’t there before?

If you observe such changes, head over to the dermatologist clinic as soon as possible. These observations can point to skin cancer.

3. Itchy or painful dry patches

If you have dry patches on the skin, especially those that are extremely itchy or painful, a visit to the dermatologist clinic is a must. These symptoms might point to psoriasis, a chronic autoimmune disease that requires appropriate treatment.

4. Severe acne

A pimple may not be that of a concern, particularly if they resolve eventually. But if you have acne all over your face and other parts of your body, and over-the-counter treatment no longer works, it’s time to get in touch with a doctor.

The dermatologist might give you prescription-strength oral or topical medicines to clear your acne.

Note

Even moderate acne can leave scars. So, if you’re worried, visit a dermatologist for it as well.

5. Nail problems

Have you noticed things on your nails that are out of the ordinary? Perhaps, you see thickening or change in color. Whether it’s ingrown nail or nail fungus, a dermatologist is the best person that can determine the treatment for you.

Note

If you notice a black band on your nail, please visit a dermatologist clinic as soon as possible. This can be indicative of skin cancer.

6. Hair Loss

Many people don’t mind mild hair loss. After all, we know that it’s typical for hair fall to occur, especially for women.

But, if you have significant hair loss that you already notice bald patches on your head, a consultation is a must as it may be a sign of an underlying health condition. Furthermore, bald patches can affect your mental health and confidence level.

7. Cosmetic concerns

Do you have blemishes or scars you want to eliminate? Or maybe you want to reduce the appearance of wrinkles? Is it your uneven skin tone?

Whatever your cosmetic concerns are for your skin, it’s advisable to visit a dermatologist clinic. They might recommend laser treatment, chemical peeling, or microdermabrasion for your skin concerns.

Never get any treatment from an untrained individual, no matter how much they insist that the procedure is safe.

Key Takeaways

Unlike physical exams, we usually don’t visit the dermatologist yearly. But, experts say you must set an appointment for the following concerns:

  • Persistent, inflamed and red skin
  • Unexplained or unexpected skin changes
  • Itchy or painful dry patches
  • Moderate or severe acne
  • Nail problems
  • Hair loss
  • Cosmetic concerns

Remember: Only trust board-certified dermatologists for your skin concerns. Getting any treatment from an individual with no certification or training can be dangerous.

Learn more about Skin Health here.

Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

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Written by Lorraine Bunag, R.N. Updated 2 weeks ago
Fact Checked by Kristel Lagorza