When to See a Dermatologist

Submitted by Patrick Hatfield on Wed, 01/01/2020 - 12:31 pm

Dermatologists are specialists in skin care and the professionals you need to visit should you encounter skin problems.  Knowing when to visit us may be tricky if you are not aware of the warning signs.  Here are a few tips to let you know when you may want to set up an appointment with us.

Acne – This is a normal skin condition for teenagers and young adults.  A few pimples here and there is a normal condition; however, when you are constantly in a state of breakout and cannot seem to control the acne, it may be time to visit a dermatologist.  They may find the right skin care regimen to keep your acne under control.

Dandruff – We often forget about the skin that is under our hair.  A few flakes here and there and a little itchiness can be helped with medicated shampoo.  However, the flakes may become a bit more than you can handle and they may start to affect your social life.  This is when you should make a visit to a dermatologist.

Hair Loss – Losing hairs is a normal occurrence during your day.  Up to 150 hairs is a normal amount to lose.  When you are losing clumps of hair or hairs in the shape of circles on your scalp, it may be time to call for a doctor’s visit.

Nail Problems – When your nails break during the growth phase, it can be normal due to various activities.  When your nails start to lift off from the nail bed, this can be a problem.  It can also be an issue if your nails start to thicken or even change coloring.

Skin Rashes – There are several types of skin rashes that can be acquired that are not contagious or problematic for the skin, but can be an annoyance.  If your rash is circular and raised at the edges, it may be ringworm and should be treated by a physician.  If the skin is itchy and not responding to treatment, it may be a condition known as eczema.  Prescription medication may be required to get the skin rash and itchiness under control.

Lesion – Many of us have spots or freckles, but if you find a lesion that refuses to heal, it may need checked out by a dermatologist to ensure it is not cancerous.  If the lesion changes color or shape, it may be problematic.

Skin Aging – As our skin ages naturally, we find wrinkles and sun spots.  However, some may experience early onset skin aging that causes skin to lose its luster and elasticity.  A dermatologist may recommend a different skin care routine to combat the premature signs of aging.

Cold Sores – These painful blisters can be acquired once or twice a year for normal individuals with the virus or a fever blister.  However, if you are encountering these blisters more often, it may be time to visit a dermatologist and see what can be done to suppress the outbreaks you are experiencing.

Please note that this list in not all-inclusive. If you have any concerns about your skin or skin health, be sure to call your Batesville, Arkansas dermatologist Dr. Patrick Hatfield at (870) 698-9100.