What Are the Signs and Symptoms That Would Warrant a Visit to a Dermatologist?

Your skin will go through change after change throughout life. Some changes are expected due to growing older. There are other changes, however, that are not expected and are signs that you should visit a dermatologist. At Central Dermatology Center, our expert team of dermatology providers recognize the difference between a serious issue of the skin and something you don't need to worry about. If you need dermatology services in Cary, Chapel Hill, Pittsboro, Raleigh, and Sanford, we are here for you. Continue reading to learn more about dermatology and when a consultation with a dermatologist is wise.

What Is a Dermatologist?

 A dermatologist is a specialist physician who is highly trained in treating conditions and injuries to skin, hair and nails. These conditions can include skin cancer, acne, eczema, psoriasis and many more. Dermatologists also treat conditions affecting mucous membranes, and the delicate lining of tissue in your mouth, nose, and eyelids.

What Are the Signs and Symptoms That Would Warrant a Visit to a Dermatologist?

 Bug bites, minor acne, warts, and dandruff cause temporary changes to the skin and generally do not require consulting a dermatologist.  The symptoms listed below, however, may not be temporary and if you notice these changes, you need to consult with a dermatology provider in Cary, Chapel Hill, Pittsboro, Raleigh, or Sanford.

  • Severe acne. Mild acne (minor acne that does bother you much) is noted above as not needing a consultation with a dermatologist. When persistent, painful, severe acne exists, you should see a dermatologist.
  • Rosacea. Rosacea involves a red flush on the cheeks, but may affect the nose, chest, neck, and eyes as well. Severe cases can cause bumps on the skin and swelling. It occurs when blood vessels expand too fast in response to heat and exercise. Spicy food may also cause a reaction. No cure exists for rosacea currently, but the condition is manageable with medication.
  • Constant dry, itchy and/or reddened skin. These could be signs of psoriasis or eczema and requires a consultation with a dermatologist. This is especially true if these symptoms have failed to improve with the treatment provided by your PCP.
  • A change in the shape, color, or size of a mole.
  • Rashes that cover more than 10% of your body and do not resolve after several days, particularly if pain and fever accompanies your rash.
  • Sores that take an exceedingly long time to heal or do not heal at all.
  • Unexpected hair loss.
  • A skin patch that is darker or lighter than the rest of your skin.

Contact Us

 Here at Central Dermatology Center, serving The Triangle Area of NC, we want to help you live confidently by keeping your skin as healthy and beautiful as possible. If you have a concern regarding your skin, hair, or nails, schedule a consultation with our dermatology team. You can reach us by calling (919) 401-1994