When some people think of a dermatologist, they might think of someone who helps people who are balding or those with acne. These doctors do so much more. Those with completely clear skin, with no moles or freckles, probably do not realize that it is very easy for serious complications to develop. A mole can turn cancerous. If you have fair skin, you can burn your skin quickly in the sun. Caring for your skin is a start, but if you ever have a possible problem, go to the doctor.
You might not realize this if you never took an anatomy or physiology class, but your skin is the largest organ in your body. It has many purposes that people rarely even consider. It is amazingly waterproof; it holds together your muscles, veins, internal organs, and skeletal system. It is essential for life. You would not live for long without skin. A dermatologist is a doctor that cares about skin. He or she has studied it and the problems that can affect it.
If you ever see a warning sign for a possible problem, you will want to go to your primary care doctor first, and if he or she believes necessary, you may then be referred to a dermatologist. Sometimes you may have a skin issue that will actually show that you have another problem. Other times it might be a skin issue that in and of itself is deadly, such as melanoma.
Even though you may be referred to a dermatologist, you may do some research on your own to make sure he or she is the one that you want treating you. If you go for the first appointment and are not happy, then talk to your primary care physician about other options. Do some research on your own and ask your doctor about who you find.
Some doctors are alarmists. Even though it is better to be safe in some cases, there are times when you can be too concerned about every little thing. Try to find a skin doctor who has a balance and will help you to have a balance as well.
After considering this, as well as whether or not your insurance will cover the treatment you need at a particular doctor and whether you are treated with good customer service, hopefully you will then be able to make your choice as to who the right person is. Some situations could be time sensitive, and you might just need to go with the first dermatologist to whom you are referred, at least for an initial biopsy or whatever needs to be done.