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What are the Reasons to See a Dermatologist?


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Many skin conditions can affect you, and some of them have similar symptoms that is why you should avoid self-diagnosis. Did you know that skin disease contributes 17.9% of the world’s disease burden? Skin disease is a big contributor to disability in the UAE and globally. Although it is helpful to know how these diseases differ from one another, it is important to get professional diagnoses and treatment.

What Does a Dermatologist Do?

Unlike what most people think, a dermatologist does not only deal with the skin but also with the nails and hair. A dermatologist is a trained expert that can identify 3000+ skin conditions. Apart from being the largest organ in your body, the skin protects you against pathogens, protects your internal organs, cools you down and warms you up, and projects your overall health. Dermatologists specialize in helping you care for your skin. Skin diseases are more than skin deep because they can harm your self-esteem.

Why You Should Consult a Dermatologist?


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Wrinkles and blemishes are common, but other skin conditions can affect your skin. Some can be serious and interfere with your life, while others have mild symptoms. If you experience these conditions, you should consult a dermatologist.

Acne

Acne is a skin condition that develops when dead skin and oil block your hair follicles. It is a common skin condition and can also be caused by hormonal changes, excessive sun exposure, pollution, poor lifestyle choices, unhealthy diet, and stress. Some health conditions like polycystic ovarian syndrome and some medications can trigger acne.

It can occur in the form of whiteheads, deep cysts, blackheads, and pimples. Acne can affect teenagers and adults. Blemishes can develop on your face, neck, chest, back, and shoulders. It is necessary to consult experts like the best dermatologists Dubai office to know the cause and treatment of your acne.

Psoriasis

Psoriasis is linked to the immune system, which causes your skin cells to grow faster. It causes red, itchy, and scaly patches, especially on your scalp, elbows, knees, and trunk. Psoriasis is a chronic condition (no cure) that flares for months or months and then goes into remission. Psoriasis can be painful or itchy. Psoriasis patches can be dandruff-like in a few spots or covering a large area.

Common types of psoriasis include nail psoriasis that affects toenails and fingernails. It causes abnormal nail growth, pitting, and discoloration. Plaque psoriasis is the most common, and it causes dry, raised scaly-red patches. It can be tender or itchy.

Psoriatic arthritis causes swollen, painful joints. Inverse psoriasis causes smooth red patches that get worse with sweating and friction. A bacterial infection usually triggers guttate psoriasis. It is advisable to consult a physician if you notice any of these symptoms.

Eczema

Eczema can occur because of genetic and hereditary factors that cause the skin to be inflamed, red, itchy, and dry. Some allergens, hormones, nuts, and the weather can also cause eczema. It is a chronic condition that is often accompanied by asthma and flares up from time to time. Although there is no cure for eczema, the best dermatologists Dubai can provide various treatment methods to fight the condition.

The symptoms vary from individual to individual, but the most common symptoms include;

·       Dry skin

·       Red to brownish-gray patches

·       Severe itching, especially at night

·       Small raised bumps that can leak fluid when scratched

·       Raw, tender, swollen skin from scratching

·       Thick, scaly, cracked skin.

Skin Cancer

Did you know that skin cancer is the most common type of cancer and also the easiest to cure when diagnosed early? The most dangerous type of skin cancer is known as melanoma because it can be life-threatening. It occurs from the abnormal growth of cells due to sun exposure. However, it can also develop in areas not exposed to the sun. You can minimize your risk of getting skin cancer by protecting yourself from harmful ultraviolet rays.

It is also important to check your skin for changes to detect skin cancer in its early stages. Early detection can save your life. It is important to consult a physician when you notice your skin continuously scabs, is itchy, crusts, bleeds, or hurts. Regular check-ups are necessary at least once a year to detect skin cancer.

Hyperpigmentation

Although hyperpigmentation is not a skin disease, it is a condition that causes your skin to appear darker in small patches, your whole body, or large areas. Although pigmentation is not a serious condition, it could be a sign of an underlying problem. The common types of hyperpigmentation include melasma which is linked to hormonal changes and can happen during pregnancy. Although pigmentation can occur anywhere on the body, it usually develops on the face and stomach.

Sunspots are also signs of hyperpigmentation. They are also known as liver spots or solar lentigines and are common. Another form of hyperpigmentation is post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation which occurs from inflammation or injury on your skin, but it is usually caused by acne. A dermatologist diagnoses and determines the best treatment for hyperpigmentation.

Hair Loss

Dermatologists also treat hair loss. Alopecia or hair loss is can happen on your scalp or whole body and can be permanent or temporary. It can be caused by hormonal changes, genetics, medical conditions, or old age. Although everybody can have alopecia, it is common in men.

Baldness is excessive hair loss on the scalp. Hereditary hair loss is the most common form of hair loss. Although there are different ways to treat hair loss, it is important first to consult a dermatologist. The symptoms are quite noticeable; they include;

·       Gradual hair thinning at the top of your head

·       Patchy or secular bald spots

·       Hair loss all over the body

·       Sudden loosening of hair

·       Scaling patches that spread on your scalp.

Dermatologists specialize in caring for your skin, nails, and hair. Although some skin conditions are subtle and go away on their own, others are life-threatening and require medical care. It is important to check your skin for any changes and seek medical help if you notice any changes.

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