The Comfort of Teledermatology During Troubling Times
The times we live in now are a bit unsettling. We are worried about taking the necessary precautions to keep ourselves and our families safe. One drawback of these safety measures is having to stay in and keep away from others. Though this is necessary to stop the spread of infection, it makes it hard to make a living, go to school, and see our doctor for non-coronavirus issues.
Personal Health Concerns Don’t Stop
“Unfortunately, our personal health concerns do not stop because of a virus,” says Dr. Adam Mamelak, skin cancer specialist and Mohs surgeon at Sanova Dermatology. “Skin cancer. Melanoma. There are still serious health issues that make it necessary to see a doctor.”
The Dermatologist and Telemedicine
We live in such a technologically advanced world that going to the doctor can actually be easier than you think, especially when it involves seeing your dermatologist. We do not have to drive to the doctor’s office, find a parking place, and sit in a waiting room with many other patients. We are now able to send photos, use video conferencing all with our smartphones to see a doctor remotely and tell them what our concerns are. Seeing a dermatologist this way can ensure your concerns are addressed, keep you healthy and be a great stress reducer.
Skin Conditions That Concern Us
If you are nervous about a skin condition that you have, you will be able to get the help that you need in the comfort of your home. For instance, are you worried about a mole that is growing? Does it have an irregular shape and color? Using Telehealth through your smartphone, the dermatologist will be able to see exactly what you are talking about. “Your doctor can tell you if you have to come to the office to have the mole removed or can just watch it,” says Dr. Mamelak.
“But it’s not just skin cancer,” Dr. Mamelak further explains. “Common skin conditions like acne, eczema and psoriasis can also be managed through a teledermatology visit.” Using Telederm, the doctor will be able to see if your problem has spread, what can be done about it, and get you the prescription you need to help relieve your discomfort.
Yes, we are living in unusual times right now. Isn’t it great that there are some amazing advances to help us while we are sheltering at home? If you have questions about a skin condition that you are concerned about, contact us at Sanova Dermatology today. We will be able to suggest some ways to help you. We might even use Telederm and check out your skin problem. This is a comforting solution in these troubling times.