Skin is EVERYTHING. After all the first thing people see is your face! No but seriously, skin is the largest organ in your body. It really plays a major role in your health. It protects your body from the elements, fights bacteria, and helps regulate body temperature. Since it is an organ, skin is susceptible to illnesses and many people don’t really think about it that way. Skin is actually susceptible to illnesses such as cancer in the same way other body organs are. As a matter of fact, it is estimated that there are more than 12,000 fatal cases of skin cancer per year. As your body’s first line of defense, your skin takes a lot of hits. Skin protects you from germs, repels water, and covers your blood vessels, nerves and organs.While many people think of dermatologists as just acne doctors, acne is only a small part of what these skilled and awesome doctors can treat. In addition to treating acne, dermatologists care for a wide range of diseases and cosmetic problems related to not just the skin, but the scalp, hair and nails as well. It is never too early and never too late to see a dermatologist. Everyone can benefit from it.
Some conditions treated by Dermatologists:
– Adult Acne
– Nail Disorders
– Hair Loss
– Scar Treatment
– Annual Skin Cancer Treatments
– Mole Removal
– Cosmetic procedures
– Mohs Surgery
It is recommended that a person visit a dermatologist on an annual basis to have a full body exam. This should be done even if you are completely healthy and have had no history of skin cancer. Depending of the result of your annual skin exam, the dermatologist may recommend that an individual visit for an exam more than once a year. Also, if you experience any issues between your yearly visit, including acne, suspicious areas that do not heal, a rash, or an infected nail, you should see your dermatologist immediately. For most people, their first visit to a dermatologist is related to something cosmetic. After the initial appointment, the dermatologist will recommend a time frame for follow-up appointments. To maintain good health, everyone should follow the orders they received from the dermatologist in the same way that they would those received from a general practitioner.
You should always perform regular checks on yourself to look for new moles, lumps and discoloration of your skin. There isn’t a right age to begin seeing a dermatologist, but many adolescents start to help treat their acne. Dermatologists also treat athlete’s foot, cold sores, rashes, and hives, psoriasis, hair loss, as well as treatment of scars and warts. Individuals who have had skin cancer in the past, individuals with a family history of skin cancer, individuals who have a mole or growth that is suspicious in appearance, individuals who had x-ray acne treatment when they were younger, and those who have very fair skin may be encouraged to visit the dermatologist more frequently.
Some common reasons to see your dermatologist as soon as possible are:
– You spot a mole that has irregular borders or is changing in shape or size.
– Dry, Itchy, and Irritated skin
– You are losing more hair than usual or have noticed a bald spot
– You have a painful, cystic pimple that you need to get rid of fast
– You have rough, scaly patches n your scalp, knees, elbows, or lower back
– Your skin is persistently red and flushed, almost like you are blushing
Skin cancer is the most common kind of cancer, but even the deadliest Melanoma kind is almost always curable if it’s caught early enough. There are currently nearly 1 million cases of non-melanoma skin cancer found each year in the United States alone. You are at risk if you spend prolonged amounts of time in the sun without taking proper precautions to cover up or use sunblock. You are also at risk if it runs in your family or if you have a fair complexion. No matter where you live, if you have any concerns, see your dermatologist. If you have any personal or family history of skin cancer, get screened at least once a year. Damaging UVA rays can still sneak their way into your skin even if you’re not training outside in the sun every day.
If you are concerned about the cost of a dermatologist visit, health insurance should cover at least part of the cost if you are seeing a dermatologist for a medical reason. Sometimes, cosmetic reasons can also be covered, but it’s not the norm. It is always wise to check with your health insurance provider before you make an appointment with any doctor. If you don’t have insurance, simply call your dermatologist office and find out exactly what their rates are for office visits, examinations, screenings, or other procedures. Many offices have different billing options.
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