We all know that it’s important to have routine checkups with your primary care doctor and to visit the dentist for regular cleanings. However, one area that many people neglect when thinking about their overall health is their skin. The skin is the largest organ in the body and serves many vital functions, including protecting you from the outside environment. Keeping your skin healthy is necessary because it can directly affect the rest of your body, especially your immune system.
Monitoring Your Skin Can Help Identify Health Issues
Many health issues first manifest through the skin. Some autoimmune conditions like lupus and scleroderma have hallmark skin findings. Dark leathery patches on the skin, called acanthosis nigricans, may be a sign of prediabetes which is reversible if found early and properly addressed.
Healthy Skin Can Improve Your Confidence
Dermatologists are able to treat all sorts of skin conditions including acne, eczema, psoriasis, warts, acne, rosacea, and more. Controlling these issues can have significant positive effects on your self-esteem. Your dermatologist will be able to work with you to find a treatment plan, which could be as simple as prescribing a topical lotion, oral medication, or making a lifestyle change.
Skin Cancer Screenings and Early Detection
By visiting a dermatologist on a routine basis, they’ll be able to examine your skin and screen you for skin cancer. Skin Cancer is not always easy to detect so it’s vital that you check in with your dermatologist to monitor any concerning spots or moles.
Not Just For Skin
Dermatologists don’t just treat skin issues – they also diagnose nail and hair conditions. Like your skin, certain changes in your nails can indicate early signs of diseases such as diabetes, liver disease, heart disease, and vitamin deficiencies. Most nail conditions can be treatable by your doctor. Dermatologists are also able to address hair loss and can identify underlying causes that may be treatable.
At Knoxville Center for Dermatology & Plastic Surgery, we offer both medical and cosmetic dermatology services. Visit our website to learn about the many other dermatology services that we offer. If you’ve overdue for a skin check or have any skin concerns, give us a call at (865) 470-4127 to schedule an appointment at our office.