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5 Reasons To See A Dermatologist

5 Reasons To See A Dermatologist

With our crazy busy schedules, it’s impossible to make time for a doctor’s appointment in our to-do lists. And when it comes to skin problems, we are all guilty of self-analyzing and relying on google way too much. 

The good news is that the high levels of melanin in our skin help protect us better against skin cancer but living in India’s tropical environment means that we are exposed to greater levels of UV radiation. Be it an irritating rash or a pesky pimple, we always end up taking our skin for granted. Not anymore, here are 5 reasons to visit a dermatologist.

A Mole That Changes Shape Or Size Or Has Irregular Borders

Most of us tend to have moles, freckles, birthmarks or beauty spots. Sometimes, these tend to alter over time and their developments can be harmless but there are certain symptoms that may be a cause to worry about.

A change in a mole or a growth on the body which is itchy or bleeds or doesn’t heal on its own is usually the first sign of skin cancer.If melanoma is found early, it can be surgically removed but if it has spread, which can happen rather fast, it is significantly harder to cure. So, even if you are not sure about a mole, do make an appointment with your dermatologist.

A Rather Painful Cystic Pimple

Nothing is quite as annoying as waking up to a giant-sized bump on the day you have a big date or an important presentation. If it’s red, inflamed and irritated and painful and tender to touch, you may have what’s called a cystic pimple.

These pimples are not caused by dirt or grime, they occur due to hormonal fluctuations, stress, and bacteria. Things that are much harder to control so, the best way to minimize cystic breakouts is a visit to the dermatologist.  

Rough, Scaly Patches

When these tend to occur on your scalp, knees, elbows or lower back, these itchy, red patches could be warning bells for psoriasis. Psoriasis is caused by an autoimmune disorder where the immune system signals the skin cells to grow quickly. But the body cannot shed the skin cells fast enough, so instead, they pile up on the skin’s surface in the form of red, thickened, silvery scales.

A diagnosis of psoriasis includes a skin examination and a peek into your medical history by a dermatologist.

More Than Normal Shedding Of Hair Or A Developing Bald Spot

Everyone tends to have hair fall, the average person loses about 50 to 100 hair strands a day. But a growing bald spot or a widening part or a significant amount of shedding can be signs of something more serious.

Hair loss can be hereditary but is often a result of a diet lacking essential vitamins, minerals, proteins or nutrients or a crash diet. When hair loss is due to a poor diet, it’s usually temporary but it takes time for your tresses to be naturally thick and luscious again. Your dermatologist can help you pinpoint the cause of hair loss and suggest a treatment accordingly.

Sudden Skin Irritation To Sun If you are experiencing more skin sensitivity to being in the sun than usual including muscle aches and fatigue, visit your dermatologist for a biopsy and blood test.

These can be signs of systemic lupus, an inflammatory disease where the immune system attacks its own tissues and needs to be managed carefully.

A visit to the dermatologist at the right time can save your skin lots of unnecessary trouble. Take better care of your skin and it will reward you in return.

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