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Five Things Your Dermatologist Needs to Know

Posted on 09 March 2023

Five Things Your Dermatologist Needs to Know 

So you've been going to a dermatologist or are planning to schedule an appointment soon. That's fantastic! Now how do you ensure that you're providing all the necessary information to your doctor so they can provide the best treatment?

That Wasn't There Before

Let them know if you've noticed anything new on your skin. If a bump has appeared, a spot has changed color, or a patch has developed a different texture than normal, make a note of where it is and have your doctor take a look. Many blemishes aren't dangerous, but some are pre-cancerous and are best caught early.

Not the Inheritance You Were Thinking Of

Genetics plays a significant role in the development of cancerous cells. If someone in your family had cancer or even pre-cancerous blemishes you should include that information in your medical history for your doctor. Providing the full picture for your doctor will help paint a clearer picture of what they should look for and how to treat your particular case.

Keep It Casual

Something your dermatologist will likely ask for before your appointment is that you don't wear any makeup or sunscreen. They want to get a clear look at your skin, so keep it clean and uncovered by tints and think ointments. This isn't the time for fashion.

Immune System Awareness

Your immune system plays a significant role in your body's health. Let your doctor know if you have a preexisting condition or take medication that weakens your immune system. This information may inform their suggestions for prevention and treatment. 

Tanning and Sunburns

Tanning and sunburns can increase your chances of developing skin cancer significantly, and it's important to inform your doctor if you've experienced either. Areas you've had major sunburns are important to keep an eye on as they're more likely to develop cancer.

Check with Your Dermatologist Today

Fortunately, skin cancer can be caught early because it can be seen. Plus, there are steps you can take to lower your risk. Wearing broad-spectrum sunscreen and SPF clothing and providing an honest evaluation of your habits and important factors to your dermatologist can all help reduce your chances of developing cancer.

 

 

 

 

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