If you are researching a skin condition online, it may be time to see your skincare provider.

Dr Parul Shah
Dr. Parul Shah

Dr. Parul Shah M.D., FAAD says, "Whenever you get the urge to “ask Dr. Google” about your skincare questions and needs, instead type in PinnacleSkin.com or call and make an appointment". Questions about your skin are a sign that it may be time for a check-up or Annual Total Body Skin Exam.

Dermatologists are trained in conditions of the hair, nails and skin. Therefore, they are best suited to provide you with the most accurate information about skin, hair and nail problems. For example, if you have a suspicious lesion on your skin, your Pinnacle provider can work directly with our pathology lab to provide you with an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan in the most efficient manner. For skin conditions such as acne or eczema, a skin provider can provide you with the results you are looking for.

What are some common reasons to see a skincare provider?

If you have a rash or other skin condition that covers more than 10% of your body, or is causing moderate discomfort, it’s smart to see your provider. If you have a non-healing wound, it is also wise to see your skin provider to prevent infection, or to rule out something serious. Other skin conditions may be a sign of an underlying autoimmune disorder or other condition. Your skin care provider is trained in how to detect underlying skin conditions by evaluating the presence of your skin.

Some common conditions for which its best to see your skin care provider immediately include:

  • Suspicious moles, discoloration or skin patches
  • Moderate to severe acne
  • Chronic conditions such as psoriasis and eczema
  • Sudden hair loss
  • Skin and nail infections
  • Severe or blistering rashes

For more information, contact your Pinnacle Dermatology provider.