Dermatologists are doctors that specialize in your body’s largest organ: your skin! Dermatologists are trained extensively to diagnose and treat over 3,000 conditions related to the skin. How do you know if you should schedule an appointment with a dermatologist? Here are our top five signs that you should visit a dermatologist:

see a dermatologistSkin or Nail Infections

Although your skin is flexible, resilient, and able heal itself quickly, you skin can also serve as a home for microorganisms, like fungus, bacteria, yeast and viruses. You should visit a dermatologist if your skin or nails show any signs of inflections such as inflammation, swelling, pus, skin discoloration, warts, or itching. Infections can become serious if left untreated, but your dermatologist can create an appropriate treatment plan based on your condition. 

Dry, Flaky Skin Patches

If you notice areas of your skin that become extra dry and may even appear scaly and flaky, your dermatologist may diagnose you with eczema or psoriasis. Both conditions have wide ranges of severity, but they can be managed with creams, injections, and oral medication if necessary. Having extremely dry and flaky skin can simply pose a little inconvenience, or it can become incredibly painful and even debilitating. Seek treatment if you start to notice dry patches on your body, especially your lower back, scalp, chest, knees, or elbows. 

Severe Acne

Acne is something many of us dealt with when we were teenagers, but some people continue to struggle with it well into adulthood. Acne typically does not pose a major health risk, but it is associated with anxiety, depression, and self-esteem issues. Severe acne usually doesn’t respond to over-the-counter treatment, but dermatologists can prescribe like chemical peels, oral medications, and prescription creams or gels. Acne can leave long-lasting discoloration and scarring, so visiting a dermatologist early on is key. 

Skin Cancer Screening

Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States, and 1 in 5 Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetimes. Fortunately, skin cancer presents a 99% survival rate after five years when caught early. The best way to catch skin cancer early is through regular skin cancer screenings performed by a dermatologist. Also be sure to schedule an appointment with your dermatologist if you notice any new spots, or if existing spots appear to be getting larger. 

Varicose Veins

Varicose veins are typically nothing more than a cosmetic issue; however, they can become unbearable and painful without proper interventions. Your dermatologist can help determine if varicose veins are a symptom of a larger circulatory issue, and they can develop a treatment plan to keep you as safe and healthy as possible. 

Dermatologists are a valuable part of any healthcare team, as they can help you with these five things, as well as thousands of others. Complexions Dermatology is here to help with all your skin conditions. Request an appointment on our website or call one of our two locations.