When you should visit a dermatologist

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Summary: We take care of our heart, teeth, ears, eyes. But seldom have we given preference to skin-care, which is equally important. Dermatologists can take care of all the skin related problems, only if you belong to a category of individuals who are their regular visitors.

Skin, one of the five God gifted senses, is the largest organ of your body. From head to toe, it forms a layer covering and protecting your insides, but non-uniformly. Once in a lifetime, every human being, male or female, experiences unique issues and potential problems with the skin. It is mandatory to take optimum care of the skin because if not then it can throw up slew of challenges.

Acne, dandruff, wrinkles, oily skin, red bumps, hair fall, scars, these problems are relatively easier to handle and can be resolved using over-the-counter medicines. But, not every skin related disease can be taken care of on your own. There will come a time when you will fail to understand why those bumps are not healing, why hairs are still falling despite using proper medication or why wrinkles have surfaced early. To get rid of all these issues you will need expert advice from a dermatologist.

If you are wondering whether your present skin condition needs a professional opinion, use the following guidelines when to make an appointment with the skin doctor:

  1. Rigid acne that refuses to go away with over-the-counter medicines: Benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid are two of the common anti-acne products available in the local pharmaceutical shops without prescription. A combination on these products with a healing skin-care routine can rid the most stubborn acnes. But, if you are not getting desired results even after following this procedure continuously, there is a problem and you need to visit a dermatologist.
  2. Altering dark coloration on your skin which starts bleeding may be skin cancer: If you encounter an unusual discoloration on your skin or see an abnormal mole, then it is indispensable to consult a dermatologist to discover what is wrong because there is a possibility it could be a sign of skin cancer. You are at a greater risk if you have a history of tanning or skin burning, but disregarding of your skin color, skin doctors believe one should get an examination for any signs of skin cancer. Remember to apply a sunscreen every day.
  3. Rashes and Itching that bother you time and again: Painful swelling, irresistible irritation and flaking skin are some of the symptoms of Eczema and other types of dermatitis. Make sure you are not allergic to skin products and use products that do not contain dye. If you are doing that and still experiencing skin problems, then you need to see a dermatologist. He can prescribe over-the-counter medicines and ointments that can take care of these problems.
  4. Treatment of scars: Pills from the local medical shop are enough to minimize the appearance of most intricate of scars, but if the scar is an adamant one, skin-care products will definitely be tested. That’s when the role of a dermatologist becomes all the more important. He can provide a range of procedures which can rid scars. Nowadays, laser treatment for scars is very much in use.
  5. Stretch Marks: Stretch marks are natural and no skin-care product can reduce them, no matter how much they claim. On the contrary, dermatologists are making the best use of laser treatments that can bring some improvement. It’s better to consult a professional rather than buying product that doesn’t live up to the expectations.

These guidelines will help you decide when you should book an appointment with a dermatologist and when you should wait. But when in doubt, don’t hesitate to call; otherwise it may cost you dearly.

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