What are some signs and symptoms that mean I should see a dermatologist?

Your skin will change quite a lot throughout your life. Some changes are natural and expected due to the aging process. Other changes, however, should not be ignored and are signs that a visit to a dermatologist is in order. Dr. Thomas Gallagher and his team from Boulder Valley Center for Dermatology are trained to recognize the difference between a benign issue of the skin or something more serious. If you are searching for a dermatologist in Lafayette, Boulder, Brighton CO, look no further. Continue reading to learn when a consultation with a dermatologist is needed.

What are some signs and symptoms that mean I should see a dermatologist?

Things like bug bites, minor acne, warts, and dandruff cause temporary changes to the skin and do not always need to be seen by a dermatologist.  But if you notice any of the symptoms listed below, you need to consult with a dermatologist in Lafayette, Boulder, Brighton CO as soon as possible.

  • Severe acne: This condition is highlighted first because acne is mentioned above as not always needing the services of a dermatologist. However, that is only for minor acne that does bother you very much. When you have persistent, painful, severe acne that negatively affects your life, you should consult a dermatologist.
  • Rosacea: This mainly consists of a red flush on your cheeks, but may extend to the nose, chest and neck. Rosacea can also affect the eyes. In severe cases, skin bumps and swelling are often present. It occurs when blood vessels expand too quickly in response to heat, exercise, spicy food, etc. No cure exists for rosacea but the condition can be well-managed with medication.
  • Persistent dry, itchy and reddened skin that fails to respond to treatment provided by a PCP could be signs of psoriasis or eczema and should be checked by a dermatologist.
  • A change in the shape or size of a freckle or mole
  • A rash that covers more than 10% of your body and does not resolve after a few days needs to be checked by a dermatologist. A consultation is critical if your rash is accompanied by a fever, severe itchiness, or pain.
  • Sores that do not heal
  • Unexpected hair loss 
  • A patch that is noticeably darker or lighter in color than the rest of your skin.
  • Unsightly veins (varicose or spider veins)

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Your skin is your largest organ and the part of us that is most visible. Here at Boulder Valley Center for Dermatology, we want you to look and feel your best. If you are concerned about your skin, schedule a consultation with Dr. Gallagher, dermatologist in Lafayette, Boulder, Brighton CO. You can reach all 3 of our locations by calling (303) 604-1444.

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