5 Important Reasons to See a Dermatologist

When the “check engine” light comes on in your car, you take it to a mechanic. When April 15 rolls around, you go visit your CPA. And when your kid struggles with calculus, you hire a math tutor. You use specialists every day, but you may have left one important specialist off your list — the dermatologist.

Dr. Robert Skaggs at Kentucky Skin Cancer Center sees the effects of skin conditions that go untreated for too long and urges residents throughout the Bowling Green and Franklin, Kentucky, communities to prioritize their skin by making an appointment for a skin analysis.

Though not all skin conditions require professional dermatological care, you might be surprised to find out how many do. Here are the top five reasons to come see Dr. Skaggs.

1. You need a skin cancer screening.

The thought of any type of cancer is terrifying, but it’s good to know that the most common type — skin cancer — is preventable and treatable. Of course, catching early is critical to its 99% survival rate. And the best way to detect it early is to have Dr. Skaggs inspect your skin thoroughly during a skin cancer screening

His skill and experience enable him to identify suspicious-looking moles, irregular textures, discolorations, and other anomalies that may be symptoms of disease. 

2. You have a mole that’s changing.

Cancer, by definition, is a cluster of rapidly growing cells that multiply out of control. Although most moles are harmless, if you have one that is growing quickly or changing in any way, it’s time to see Dr. Skaggs. A good rule of thumb when assessing your moles is to use the ABDCE method:

  • A is for asymmetry
  • B is borders that look scalloped or ragged
  • C is for color changes or variegations
  • D is for diameter growth
  • E is for evolving shape, size, solar, or texture

Keep an eye on your moles and perform regular self-checks, so you can notice changes.

3. You have a rash.

Rashes can be a symptom of many different skin conditions from minor to severe. If you have an unexplained rash that isn’t getting better, Dr. Skaggs can diagnose the condition and get you started on an effective treatment. You may be dealing with:

  • Eczema
  • Psoriasis
  • Atopic dermatitis
  • Rosacea
  • Stasis dermatitis
  • Poison Ivy

These are just a few of the skin conditions that present with a rash and need professional care.

4. You have nail and hair problems.

Your hair and nails are simply different versions of your skin, which means that as a dermatologist, Dr. Skaggs also specializes in conditions that affect your fingernails, toenails, and hair, too. 

If you’re losing your hair (called alopecia) and would like to understand why and what you can do to stop the loss and reboot the growth, Dr. Skaggs can help. 

If your nails are discolored and crumbly, you may have a fungus that needs an antibiotic or other professional treatment.

5. You have acne.

Nearly everyone has had a pimple or two, and full-blown acne (acne vulgaris) affects about 50 million Americans every year. Although the shelves at your local drugstore are lined with products promising you clear skin by date night, most are ineffective for serious acne. 

Dr. Skaggs evaluates your skin type, medical history, type of acne, and lifestyle (including diet and environmental factors), and designs a customized treatment plan just for you. 

He can help you understand why you have acne, how to reduce flare-ups, and what to do when they happen. With proper treatment and ongoing care, you can prevent acne scarring.

These are just a few of the issues Dr. Skaggs addresses. If you’re experiencing any of these problems or have any skin, hair, or nail concerns not listed here, schedule an appointment with our team today. You can call us at either of our two locations or book your appointment online.

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