While most of us have regular trips to dentists, hairdressers and even parlors, you might not have visited a dermatologist ever. But there are times when visiting a dermatologist is immensely important. Here is the perfect guide of when you should visit a dermatologist and what to expect.
What is a Dermatologist?
Dermatologists are doctors who specialize in the health of our hair, nails, and skin. They are not just “acne” doctors but a lot more than that. Regular visits should be paid to the dermatologists.
WHEN TO VISIT A DERMATOLOGIST
Prolonged Skin Conditions
Is your skin dry? Flakey? Itchy or red? Are the lotions and creams not working for you? You might think your skin is reacting to the change of weather or is being extra sensitive or maybe it’s in your genes but you better watch out girl, in reality, it might be a chronic disease like eczema or psoriasis. And that is when the dermatologist comes into the picture. They can cure diseases like these and prevent them from happening again.
Annual Skin Cancer Screening
Did you know skin cancer is the most common type of cancer? The adults are advised to go for skin cancer screening yearly so the presence of this disease could be detected beforehand and hence treated properly.
Nails can reveal a lot about your health conditions. If taken a closer look, nails can detect some serious disease like heart problems, lung diseases, diabetes, anemia and a lot more. If you observe the change in the shape or color of your nails, if there is swelling around the nail, if you have pain in the nail or if you find any other uncommon thing about your nails you should immediately see a dermatologist. It might be just a minor infection or an indication for some serious disease, you never know. It’s better to be safe than sorry.
Whether you are a man or a woman hair loss should not be ignored. If you are going through a severe hair fall you should definitely visit a dermatologist. A dermatologist will not only work on your hair fall but will also work on growing your hair that has been lost.
How to prepare yourself for a visit to the dermatologist?
- Collect all your medical records and files for the visit
- Make a list of all the medications you use or have used earlier
- Make a list of all the things you are allergic to
- Check your health insurance plan to see if these services are covered in it
- Write down all the problems and questions you have to discuss
- Don’t use heavy makeup on the skin for a few days so the doctor can have a detailed checkup of your skin
Best of luck for your visit to the dermatologist!