Reasons to see a dermatologist include:
* You suspect you may have skin cancer. Everyone should perform regular self-examinations of their bodies and be aware of what their moles look like. If you have a lesion or mole that looks suspicious, see your dermatologist straightaway. Moles that look unusual, have irregular borders or appear asymmetrical, have grown or bleed but do not crust over should be seen to immediately. Remember, with early detection skin cancer is often cured. Get more info about West Dermatology Moats Skin Specialists.
* You have risk factors for skin cancer. Some people are at high risk for developing skin cancer, and along with regular self-examinations you should also see a dermatologist regularly to make sure their health is not at risk. Factors include personal history of skin cancer; close relative with a melanoma; fair skin that tends to burn or freckle; history of bad sunburns or tanning salon use; more than 50 moles on face or body; having moles that look irregular, large, or asymmetrical (see above); past use of x-ray treatments for acne, and taking medications to prevent arthritis or organ rejection.
* You have a skin problem that just won’t go away. Many people choose to treat minor skin problems on their own. But if you have a rash that looks suspicious or does not respond to conventional treatment, it’s probably time to see a dermatologist. And if you successfully treat a skin complaint with an over-the-counter cream but it keeps coming back, it’s also a good idea to see a professional.
* Your chronic skin condition that doesn’t respond to treatment. If you have eczema, for example, you may be able to keep it under control with moisturizers, emollients or over-the-counter steroid creams. But if you find your skin does not respond well, or if indeed the eczema gets worse of becomes infected, then seeing a dermatologist is your best bet.
* You have a cosmetic skin problem which requires specialist treatment. If you have a skin problem that you think would benefit from medical intervention, seek professional help. It’s not advised to visit a med spa unless you are 100 percent positive that a dermatologist will be treating you. A licensed dermatologist is a physician certified by the American Board of Dermatology, and they have far more medical experience than cosmetologists and hair technicians!