Finding a dermatologist doesn’t have to be a daunting task. Maybe it’s a mole that won’t seem to go away, a desire to stop acne in its tracks or a need for important skin cancer treatment. Whatever you’re reason for needing a dermatologist; we want to make your search process a painless one.
First things first: You’re taking the right steps to a healthier you.
A primary care physician can treat minor skin conditions but when the issue is more specific or acute, you’re going to want a board-certified dermatologist. Certified physicians at Mercy have years of supervised study and have passed rigorous exams.
We treat a full range of skin conditions, including eczema, acne, psoriasis, skin rashes, warts and skin cancer. We offer full-body skin exams, biopsies and complete skin cancer treatment. The first step to a healthier you is finding a right fit.
The best way to determine fit is to schedule an appointment and come prepared to ask questions. When meeting with a dermatologist for the first time, here are a few questions to ask:
Are you board certified?
Board certified physicians have years of supervised study. The American Board of Dermatology is the gold standard for certification in this industry. Its certification process is designed to assure you that the physician has completed an approved medical education program and evaluation.
Do any of my moles look suspicious?
Come prepared by understanding the ABCDEs of suspicious-looking moles. Moles that are Asymmetrical, have an uneven Border, have a variety of Colors, have a large Diameter or have Evolved over time could be considered worrisome.
Do you see any signs of sun damage?
Even if you’ve been wearing sunscreen as a part of your daily regime, the sun has a sneaky way of causing damage that may be easy to miss. Ask your dermatologist to help point out places you may not be able to easily see or think to check.
Can I go out in the sun with this prescription?
Some treatments may make your skin more sensitive to the sunlight. So if your dermatologist prescribes a topical or oral medication for your skin, be sure to ask the impact of sun exposure on your treatment plan.
How might my diet be impacting my skin health?
A dermatologist can help you determine what foods to seek out and what ones to avoid in order to keep your skin healthy. Certain ingredients (like gluten) can hide in certain foods and a change in diet often can result in a change in your skin.