Do you ever wonder when it is the right time to book with a dermatologist? Today, Dr. Richard Miller, (DO, FAOCD, Board Certified) shares five essential signs indicating that you should call and book an appointment.
Any Changing Spots on Your Skin
Maybe you thought it was a mole or wart, or you initially thought it was just a skin tag. Regardless of your prior beliefs, if a spot on your skin changes size or color, is itching, bleeding, or becomes painful, you need to get it evaluated by a dermatologist today.
Long Lasting Rashes or Skin Eruptions
If a rash appears on your body and you do not know its cause, it is highly advisable to have it checked. If you thought you knew the cause of the rash, but it’s been there for over three to five days, you should book an appointment to confirm its underlying cause.
Living in a Sun-Exposed Area
Living in Florida, we are no strangers to the sunlight that burns through our days. However, this does not mean that your body is at lower risk of the harm that follows that sun exposure. Florida ranks second in the nation for the highest rate of skin cancer cases, with around 8,000 new cases of skin cancer diagnosed in Florida every year.
It is recommended that you should get an annual skin check from a dermatologist near you. The good news is that cancer risk can be significantly reduced with proper evaluation and protective measures!
Lump or Bump
Have you noticed any lumps or bumps underneath your skin? It doesn’t have to be deep, but if you cannot move it and you have determined it is underneath the skin, call and book an appointment with a medical professional today.
Sudden Changes in Your Hair or Fingernails
If you notice any sudden loss of hair or changes in the growth of your fingernails, it is recommended that you seek an appointment with a dermatologist immediately. Any changes in the development or growth of your fingernails or any sudden hair loss can signify an underlying condition that requires immediate medical evaluation.
If any of these apply to you or you have any other skin-related concerns. Please call Bay Dermatology and Cosmetic Surgery today at (727)585-8591 to book your next skin care appointment.