Common Myths About Visiting the Dermatologist

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A dermatologist is a doctor who is trained to treat issues with or disorders of the skin, hair, and nails. If you have never visited a dermatologist, chances are you aren't really familiar with what this specialty entails or what to expect. Here are a few common myths and misconceptions about dermatologists you should not believe.

Dermatologists Only Treat Acne or Perform Cosmetic Procedures

Dermatologists are trained professionals who are charged with diagnosing, treating, and preventing a wide variety of diseases and issues beyond acne or performing cosmetic procedures. Here are a few of the many conditions dermatologists are trained to treat:

  • Shingles
  • Warts
  • Psoriasis
  • Hair loss
  • Dermatitis
  • Skin cancer

Any problem you have with your skin, which is the largest organ in the body, nails, or hair, your primary physician will refer you to a dermatologist.

Dermatologists Do Not Take Insurance

Whether you are going to the dermatologist after being referred by another physician or not, depending on the diagnosis or condition, your insurance may cover the treatment. For example, if you are diagnosed with skin cancer, you will need the services of a dermatologist and in most cases, the treatment will be covered by your insurance.

Talk to your insurance provider about which services and procedures are covered under your policy. Even if you have Medicare or Medicaid, there are several dermatology services that could be covered under your policy.

Dermatologists Cannot Provide Any Unique Products or Advice

There are a lot of miracle products that promise results as amazing as the results you would get at your dermatologist's office. Unfortunately, the majority of these products cannot give you the expertise and medical training that a dermatologist can provide. Dermatologists can provide the necessary prescription medications that are far more effective and work more quickly than anything you could purchase over the counter.

Dermatologists Cannot Make Your Skin Look Better

Finally, if you are young and have always had amazing skin, you might think that dermatologists cannot help your skin look any better. In reality, as you age, your skin may begin to suffer from redness, dryness, dullness, and fine lines and wrinkles. No matter what your age, the condition of your skin, or your unique needs, a dermatologist can help you treat any number of issues and concerns.

From the idea that a dermatologist only treats acne to the belief that your insurance won't cover your dermatology appointments, there are several common myths associated with dermatologists.

Call a Medicare dermatologist to learn more.