Many of us have seen a dermatologist for various reasons, whether it was acne, psoriasis, eczema, warts or a mole check. A dermatology appointment can be a very satisfying experience and help you tackle multiple problems. There are several tips that I, as a dermatologist, would like to share with you so that you can optimize your visit.
WHY DO I NEED A DERMATOLOGIST?
After completing their 4 year medical degree and an internship, dermatologists receive 3 more years of training dedicated to your skin, hair and nails. Dermatologists dedicate their skills and energy to treating many common conditions of the skin including acne, rashes, rosacea, psoriasis, warts and several forms of skin cancer. Dermatologists can use their skills to diagnose possible problems that can range from minor to life threatening. When dealing with concerning skin condition, it is beneficial to your health to see a medical doctor who specializes in these conditions and can provide safe and effective treatment from right inside the office.
Whether you are exposed to the sun’s ultraviolet rays or an indoor tanning bed, tan skin is a sign that your skin has been damaged. As this skin damage builds, you increase your risk of many skin conditions including several types of skin cancer.
The sun is good for many things like providing light, helping plants grow and warming the earth. One thing the sun is not good for, is your skin. The sun’s ultraviolet A (UVA) rays are responsible for wrinkles, age spots and tans. Ultraviolet B rays (UVB) are known for causing sunburns. Both types of UV rays can cause skin cancer. These rays reach the earth every day, even on cloudy days UV rays can damage the skin in many ways. It is important to stay protected when in the sun as UV rays have lasting effects that many times don’t catch up to you until later in life.
One of the most dangerous effects of sun damage is skin cancer. Skin cancer may not always present as an irregular looking mole. There are several different types of skin cancer that everyone should be aware of. These include: