Online doctors that offer telehealth are quickly becoming the norm. Office visits are more accessible and you never have to leave the comfort of your home. While most people enjoy the convenience of telehealth for clinical follow-ups and mental health, let’s not forget the vital role of telehealth in dermatology. There are several skin conditions online appointments can treat.
Acne is surprisingly common. According to the American Academy of Dermatology Association, about 85% of people ages 18-24 suffer from acne. Your dermatologist can see and evaluate how severe your acne is. Then, they ask you questions regarding how long you’ve had acne or any recent life changes. Finally, they can work with you to develop a treatment plan. Doctors can also call in prescriptions or send them to a nearby pharmacy.
Moles can be concerning if they grow larger or look similar to melanoma. However, during an in-person visit, a doctor evaluates your moles by looking at them. An online doctor can do the same thing via video. A doctor will ask you how long you’ve had the mold and any changes you’ve noticed. Then, they’ll recommend a treatment plan. This may involve a biopsy or keeping an eye on the mole for new changes.
Skin allergies can trigger episodes of eczema, cause hives, or make the skin itchy and red. Severe allergic reactions will disrupt your life. A doctor will work with you to identify triggers. Experienced dermatologists already know common triggers for skin allergies, making this conversation necessary. They can also recommend proper products or prescribe you medicated ointment to relieve symptoms.
Skin infections like tinea versicolor, ringworm, and bacterial infections are diagnosed by looking at the condition. For example, tinea versicolor is often visible by white patches that don’t tan. Most people notice they have this when they go tanning. A doctor will provide you with a diagnosis and treatment plan. Anti-fungal or anti-bacterial creams are the most effective treatment plan. An online provider will recommend over-the-counter products or prescribe a topical cream to help clear up the infection.
Visiting an online dermatologist is safe, effective, and convenient. Doctors can diagnose most skin conditions by seeing them, making it pointless to head into the office. Contact us today to schedule your first appointment!