The bumps that have appeared and worsened on your daughter’s arm are not looking good. In fact, they appear to be getting worse. After months of trying different over the counter medications and creams, you have decided to make an appointment and ask a dermatologist about the problem.
Dermatologist questions are often a good starting point for finding out the cause and treatment for many annoying skin conditions. Dermatology and skin care specialists are often able to quickly diagnose a skin condition and recommend the necessary treatment or testing.
While acne affects an estimated 40 million to 50 million Americans, another 7.5 million Americans have psoriasis. Although very different in cause and treatment, both acne and psoriasis are skin conditions that often require you to ask a dermatologist about. In the case of psoriasis, a skin care doctor might recommend biologic medications which are used to treat moderate to severe or disabling psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis. While over the counter treatments may work for some acne conditions, a dermatologist can often prescribe a medicine that is more effective and faster acting.
Whether you are a 52 year old mother with a small case of plaque psoriasis on the nape of your neck, or you are a 14 year old girl with unexplained acne on your upper arms, all skin conditions deserve to be treated by a specialist. In the case of acne, if it is not treated, it can eventually lead to scarring. Psoriasis, on the other hand, can become a worsening condition that can lead to unsightly scales in many locations on your body. It often takes a skin care specialist to determine the difference between psoriasis and seborrheic dermat, both conditions that can be treated to some extend.
Why wait? Why not ask a dermatologist now about the skin care concerns that you have? Often skins care treatment at a dermatologist, if referred by a primary care physician, can be covered by health insurance.