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Doctor insights on: Why Is It So Hard To Get An Appointment With A Dermatologist

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What to expect at a dermatologist appointment?

What to expect at a dermatologist appointment?

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

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What can I expect at a dermatologist appointment for acne?

What can I expect at a dermatologist appointment for acne?

Complete evaluation: Your should expect a thorough history and physical examination. There may be bloodwork ordered depending on your condition and possibly bacterial cultures. You should receive a medical course taylored to your specific conditon and followup. ...Read more

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Can a dermatologist do a skin biopsy even if a rash isn't there at the time during an appointment?

Can a dermatologist do a skin biopsy even if a rash isn't there at the time during an appointment?

Depends: It depends on the condition. Usually one would like to biopsy an active lesion but sometimes even normal-appearing skin may show the disease condition. ...Read more

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Hey my girlfriend just got back from the doctor because of a new mole we discovered on her left foot (sole) the doctor didn't do much but scheduled her an appointment to a dermatologist next month. This mole is new and about the size of a eraZer. The sha

Hey my girlfriend just got back from the doctor because of a new mole we discovered on her left foot (sole) the doctor didn't do much but scheduled her an appointment to a dermatologist next month. This mole is new and about the size of a eraZer. The sha

Doctor did the best: All the moles should be monitored for melanoma by physician experienced in taking care, her doctor did the best by referring to a dermatologist for further evaluation including biopsy or removal if indicated. DPM s and surgeons also take care of them, make sure she will see the doctor. ...Read more

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What happens if you had a cyst/abcess would you make an appointment with your general doc or a dermatologist?

What happens if you had a cyst/abcess would you make an appointment with your general doc or a dermatologist?

Cyst: I would have my primary care doctor see it first knowing that there may be a referral to a dermatologist ...Read more

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What can I do to relieve and/ or lessen the redness of my sebaceous cysts on my face and neck while I await my appointment with my dermatologist next week?

What can I do to relieve and/ or lessen the redness of my sebaceous cysts on my face and neck while I await my appointment with my dermatologist next week?

Don't touch: First, just like your mom said, "don't touch that." she was right about this one. Things that can decrease inflammation include elevation, (sleeping with head up), anti-inflammatory creams, etc;. Before you do anything, check with your doctor. For example, he/she may want you off of any Aspirin or ibufrofen products if they are going to take it out. ...Read more

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How do I know what website would be a safe website to purchase melanotan from if I can't get it from a dermatologist?

How do I know what website would be a safe website to purchase melanotan from if I can't get it from a dermatologist?

You don't: Melanotan is a compunded drug. When you buy online you aren't sure what you are getting. ...Read more

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How to eighty's the pain of a boil till I'm able to get to a dermatologist?

How to eighty's the pain of a boil till I'm able to get to a dermatologist?

See your PCP: A boil or abscess is something that can be easily treated by your pcp or someone at an urgent care facility. I would not wait to see the derm. It may just require some antibiotics, but it could also need to be lanced and drained. If you wait too long, you could make things far worse. That being said, if you are getting recurrent boils, then seeing a dermatologist may help you solve this. ...Read more

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I have a mark on chest I recently got, and it doesn't feel like my skin, its brown, what could it be? And should I get it checked by a dermatologist?

I have a mark on chest I recently got, and it doesn't feel like my skin, its brown, what could it be? And should I get it checked by a dermatologist?

Yes: Yes see a dermatologist this could be a pre-cancerous mole or skin cancer or just a rash or a benign growth. For dermatology diseases and concerns you need a doctor to examine you for a diagnosis and treatment ...Read more

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Also my dermatologist said I could get chemical peels. Are they effective?

Yes: Laser resurfacing and chemical peels work in similar ways and are effective at reducing fine lines and pigmentation changes. ...Read more

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My dermatologist wants me to get microdermabrasion. Which one works the best?

Consider other tx's: For resurfacing skin there are other modalities that can be used such as lasers or peels. Ask your dermatologist or plastic surgeon. ...Read more

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What are the pro's and con's of dermaplaning?  who should not get it? Dermatologists only please. 

No obvious advantage: Dermaplaning is a proprietary name for using a surgical blade to scrape the outermost layers of the epidermis, supposedly to exfoliate the skin and regenerate new skin cells. Frankly, I see no advantage to this procedure over time-tested exfoliating techniques such as microdermabrasion and superficial chemical peel - and you have the added risk of nicks & cuts. ...Read more

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How do you get a dermatologist to correctly diagnose a skin issue minus the uneducated guessing? What types of test should be given?

How do you get a dermatologist to correctly diagnose a skin issue minus the uneducated guessing? What types of test should be given?

Skin biopsy: Experience is a great teacher, and diagnosing skin problems is sometimes a matter of having seen them many times in the past. Skin biopsy is a test to confirm a visual diagnosis. ...Read more

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I have recurrent Stevens Johnson Syndrome. I have it now & can't get in touch with my dermatologist and need to see her right away. What can I do?

I have recurrent Stevens Johnson Syndrome. I have it now & can't get in touch with my dermatologist and need to see her right away. What can I do?

Go to ER: Stevens Johnsons can be life-threatening and thus an ER visit when the doctor there may be able to find you another dermatologist on call may be the best option. If you have had recurrent episodes, consider going to an university research center for an evaluation. ...Read more

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I used antibioticslike daivine, microbacton prescrip dermatologist butstill my acne did not get reduced I consulted so many dr s how to getpimplesreduc?

Accutane: Accutane is a form of vitamin a. It reduces the amount of oil released by oil glands in your skin, and helps your skin renew itself more quickly.
Accutane is used to treat severe nodular acne. It is usually given after other acne medicines or antibiotics have been tried without successful treatment of symptoms. ...Read more

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My brother says I should get treated by a dermatologist because once in a while I get a boil. Is he right?

My brother says I should get treated by a dermatologist because once in a while I get a boil. Is he right?

Not really: Best to discuss with your family doctor or pediatrician. Occasional boils are common, rarely indicating a serious disease, and usually only requiring preventive treatment. ...Read more

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Can I get Benzaclin w/o a RX? Current dermatologist won't write RX, but writes Rxs that do not work. Had Benzaclin years ago and worked wonders.

Can I get Benzaclin w/o a RX? Current dermatologist won't write RX, but writes Rxs that do not work. Had Benzaclin years ago and worked wonders.

Ask why not?: Ask your dermatologist why you cannot get a prescription for something that has worked better than the prescriptions you have been trying. If his explanation is not satisfactory, get a second opinion. Your PCP can also write a prescription for this medication. ...Read more

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Need dermatologist recommendation, should I get moles removed on my back?

Need dermatologist recommendation, should I get moles removed on my back?

Get a consult: Some moles which are flat can be covered with make up, but seek out a consult from a facial plastic surgeon about more permanent removal. Some moles can be shaved off with good cosmetic results while some require full excision. I have found many patients are highly appreciative about their mole removals. ...Read more

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Dermatologist help undereye puffiness; any ideas to get rid of it?

Dermatologist help undereye puffiness; any ideas to get rid of it?

There are topical: That can help if puffiness related to allergies, surgical intervention can be done to remove fat pads, injections like deoxycholate can dissolve fat, and filler can be used to fill groove below pad. See dermatologist for options ...Read more

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Can I get a prescription for a weird rash, at a dermatologist's consultation?

Can I get a prescription for a weird rash, at a dermatologist's consultation?

Yes: Dermatologists treat rashes. That is their specialty. It is up to the doctor to determine what medicine may be appropriate. That may be a prescription, or over the counter medications might be appropriate. ...Read more

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I found that I have a dark mole near my anus. Should j get this checked by a dermatologist?

I found that I have a dark mole near my anus. Should j get this checked by a dermatologist?

Yes: Yes. Some recommend you have a total body scan yearly by derm to check for suspicious moles. ...Read more

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How can you get rid of zits without a dermatologist?

How can you get rid of zits without a dermatologist?

Several OTC products: There are several otc products that will help with the appearance of acne. These include antibiotic ointment, salicylic acid ointment, Hydrocortisone and benzoyl peroxide. The most important thin is not to squeeze the lesion, this typically will make it worse. ...Read more

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I want to get on Accutane (for acne) but do I absolutely have to go to a dermatologist for it?

I want to get on Accutane (for acne) but do I absolutely have to go to a dermatologist for it?

Yes: The drug is risky unless the patient knows exactly what they are doing. It's wise that only the dermatologists are allowed to prescribe it. ...Read more

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Who do I see to get a cyst on my neck evaluated? Will a dermatologist do this?

Who do I see to get a cyst on my neck evaluated? Will a dermatologist do this?

Cyst: You could start with your primary care doctor. It depends on what the lump on your neck is as to what kind of specialist if any you need to see. If it is a simple cyst a Dermatologist could certainly take care of it. If it is a brachial cleft cyst then you would need to see an ENT. So, seeing where it is on the neck and what it feels like will help in the decision where to send you. ...Read more