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Dermatologist Vs Internist
Either can treat: Internist and dermatologist both can treat this condition. ...Read more
My son itches every day. High IgE 1534 & low IgA of 23. Seeing allergist, dermatologist, internist. No help. Eats gluten free diet. Next step?
Other things: Make sure his liver function is ok. There are rare liver /gall bladder problems that can cause uncontrollable itching. In addition, there are some behavioral conditions that do the same. This is despite the suggestion of an allergic problem. ...Read more
Seems like it:
Do not hesitate to ask
some docs have both
(they are the better ones). ...Read more
Male 22, experiencing hair loss. Any advice/tips? Also, is it ok to see an internal medicine dr or only dermatologist?
Your choice: All men lose the hair on our temples at your age. How fast you develop classic male pattern baldness correlates pretty well with how much chest hair you're naturally blessed with. Any licensed physician can prescribe the meds that slow it down. For surgical / other options, you'll need a specialist. 95% of looking good for a man is his physical fitness, regardless of where there is or isn't hair. ...Read more
Depends on problem: Derms are experts on skin, hair, nails and all of their associated conditions. If you're worried about skin cancer you should ask for a full body skin exam where you are checked from head to foot, looking for any suspicious lesions. If there is a suspicious lesion then a biopsy may be recommended. Describe the problem, give history, have an exam, recommendations will be made. ...Read more
Many ways..: Ask your pcp or other doctor/health professional you know, go online to local hospital/medical center website doctor-finder or call, go online to your health insurance company website doctor-finder or call, go to your state and/or county medical association website doctor finder or call. Good luck! ...Read more
To dermatologists, is it okay if I mix facial toners? As in mix them in the same bottle? I have two that I like, and I'd prefer not to have to use them separately.
Generally not: I am not a dermatologist, but the reason to avoid mixing them is not a medical one so much as a chemical one. Different products use different stabilizers and binder to keep ingredients in a suspension (cream, ointment or gel form), and mixing products especially by different brands is likely to cause separation of the products into layers or cause curdling. which would hinder absorption. ...Read more
No: A biopsy's appropriate whenever the diagnosis is in question. Different dermatologists will have different levels of confidence without biopsy, and biopsy practices will differ. No dermatologist will biopsy dandruff or acne. Wide excision is best for anything suspected of being a melanoma. Best wishes. ...Read more
Dermatology: Thorough exam, good history taking, and setting a treatment plan. ...Read more
Yes, many doctors do: Shingles is well within the domain of the dermatologist — but also treated by most family doctors and internists. Sometimes people go to urgent care clinics because symptoms can be quite severe. An er visit will cost you way too much — particularly for a problem that can easily be treated in the office. ...Read more
Free Health Care:
I do not believe there is such a service. I do know that you can go to public health clinics for a sliding scale fee and that is where I would advise you to start.
Regular family medicine office visits are also not expensive when you compare the cost of seeing specialists or going to an er. ...Read more
Yes.: Many dermatologists provide that service. Some spas offer mda as well, but they seldom if ever have adequate medical supervision. I personally would not wish to risk the damage to my face that might result from a mda done by an unqualified person. ...Read more
Tretinoin (Retin-A): (requires Rx) and always use a high SPF (at least 30) sunscreen every time you go outdoors, even on an overcast day. Wear a hat whenever possible, and also polarized sunglasses. This is absolutely your best wrinkle prevention, and some sunscreens such as NIA 24 will also help with acne, prevention of brown spots and acne. Also, eat fruits and vegetables and get plenty of Vits A, E,D, and zinc. ...Read more
Pityriasis: The Dermatologist is the one to consult. ...Read more
Expect the best: Your first dermatologist visit will likely be (a) highly efficient (dermatologists see many patients per day), (b) problem-focused, (c) diagnostic (your question will most likely be answered), and (e) therapeutic. Expect to have your entire skin examined ("full body skin examination"), as often clues to diagnosis may lie elsewhere on the body. ...Read more
Yes: Yes a dermatologist can but any general doctor can prescribe you medicine for the shingles. Once it is resolved you should get the varicella vaccine to decrease the risk of it returning. ...Read more
Depends on the cause: Facial redness without other rash could be due to many things and what your doctor can or cannot do depends on the cause of the problem. Sometimes redness can be due to histamine release and this causes flushing which can be treated with antihistamines. Eryroderma (red skin) without itching can be many things and sometimes requires a biopsy for correct diagnosis. ...Read more