Here at MDC, we would love to think that we have all the answers for you. However, there are certain issues that require the insight of a pro. Today we asked Boston-based dermatologist Emmy Graber to help us figure out how to read the signs it’s time for a trip to the derm.
You probably know that dermatologists are specialist physicians, but how do you know it’s time to make an appointment? Dermatologists help treat a number of skin problems and can also help you with nail and hair issues. Wondering if it might be time to book an appointment? Here are three tell-tale signs you MUST see a dermatologist.
If you have a mole that has started changing color or size, or one that doesn’t look like any of your other moles, you should immediately have it evaluated. You need to get atypical moles checked to ensure they are not cancerous. If caught early, skin cancer (also known as melanoma) can be treated, but, if left unchecked, can be fatal. Melanoma can develop anywhere on the skin including on the bottom of the feet and under the nail. It is a good idea to have your moles routinely checked once a year. You can help prevent melanoma by regularly wearing an SPF of 30 or higher (try L'Oréal Paris Advanced Silky Sheer Face Lotion 30).
There are many different types of rashes that can be caused by anything from allergies to medications. Some of these reactions may even be life-threatening. If you develop a rash and have started any new medications in the last three days, call a dermatologist immediately or go to the emergency room.
Some people will call a dermatologist as soon as they spot a pimple and others will wait until they have tried every over-the-counter wash and cream. Even very mild acne can cause scars, so you may want to consult with a dermatologist before you are left with permanent marks. If you are embarrassed by your acne, you should see a dermatologist before the pimples start to impact your self-esteem.
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About the Author:Dr. Graber is a Boston-based dermatologist specializing in acne, acne scars and cosmetic dermatology.