Five surprising signs that you may need medical skin treatment in San Antonio
When skin is healthy, it is easily taken for granted, but few things can catch our attention quite so fast as an ugly, painful, or itchy welt or rash. Quality conscious residents of San Antonio and surrounding areas turn to Dr. Vivian Bucay, board certified dermatologist, and Karen Adams, PA-C when they have a medical or cosmetic skin concern. However, it can be difficult to tell when it’s time to seek medical treatment.Some of the most common signs that you need to see a dermatologist include sudden skin changes, rashes that cover a large area, intolerable itching or pain, and persistent skin problems that don’t improve or clear up in a reasonable length of time. There are also some less obvious reasons to consider seeking dermatological treatment:
- Brittle or yellow nails – Fingernail and toenail problems are often caused by fungal infections, which can be treated by a dermatologist. Other symptoms of nail fungus include distorted shape or thickening of the nails. Additionally, certain skin condition can affect the fingernails and toenails.
- Joint pain – Psoriasis is a common skin disorder, which has several forms. Although it may look like no more than a skin rash, sometimes a mild one, it can have an impact on your entire body. About three out of ten patients with psoriasis will develop psoriatic arthritis, which can lead to joint pain, inflammation, and even limited mobility.
- Diabetes – Every organ in the body, including the skin, can be affected by diabetes. Infection and dry skin are among the most common dermatological complications that diabetics face. Because the skin health is already compromised, early treatment and ongoing skin care are important for diabetic patients.
- Depression or anxiety – Social anxiety, embarrassment, and the unkind words of others, can have a greater effect on your psychological wellbeing than you may realize. Studies have shown that approximately 30 percent of patients with skin disorders also have psychosocial impairments or psychiatric disorders.
- Thinning or receding hair – People tend to associate dermatology with skin. They often forget that a board certified dermatologist has been trained in diagnosing and treating a full range of conditions associated with the hair, nails, mucus membranes, and, yes, the skin.
Dr. Bucay is committed to helping her patients enjoy optimal health and aesthetics. Please call our West Craig Place location at 210.692.3000 or our Hardy Oak location at 210.370.9995 to schedule your appointment today.