The COVID-19 pandemic has prompted most of us to reconsider unnecessary trips and visits. You may feel reluctant to schedule a visit with your dermatologist because of social distancing advisories.
Regardless of the pandemic, the dermatologists at Park Avenue Dermatology want you to know there are situations when you must get in touch with your dermatologist. Most concerning are abnormal moles and skin growths.
Telehealth and Teledermatology are increasingly used for many dermatological consultations, but certain interventions require an actual visit to the dermatology clinic. If you are in doubt, contact your dermatologists and let them advise you. It is possible to have a TeleHealth visit and then an in-person visit if the dermatologist recommends it.
When Are In-Clinic Dermatologist Appointments Necessary?
There are some in-clinic visits that TeleHealth cannot replace. Emergency skin conditions will require immediate attention.
Biopsies, inflamed, infected skin that isn’t improving and certain rashes require clinic dermatologic services. Any surgery, such as Mohs surgery, must be done in the clinic.
There are also non-urgent procedures that cannot currently be performed during a TeleHealth visit but are not urgent. Elective procedures such as Botox or fillers may be delayed.
What Are Common TeleDermatology and TeleHealth Virtual Visits?
Park Avenue Dermatology is currently offering TeleHealth visits for consultations, to refill prescriptions, and to check on skin conditions. If something looks unusual, for example, a mole, you will be asked to schedule an in-person appointment.
Chronic skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis can often be evaluated during a TeleHealth visit. Other visible skin conditions, such as acne and rashes can be evaluated during a TeleHealth consultation.
Delaying Necessary Derm Visits Can Be Deadly
TeleHealth visits are convenient and necessary during surges in Coronavirus cases. There are some skin conditions you should be aware of that require immediate evaluation or intervention.
If you are visiting your dermatologist less frequently, be even more vigilant in examining your skin for moles, spots, and scabs. Look for changes in size, texture, and for sores that don’t seem to heal. Keep in mind that not all melanoma starts in a pre-existing mole.
Early detection of skin cancer is essential for the best outcome. If you notice a sore that is painful, bleeding, or is noticeably larger in size, schedule a TeleHealth visit. Your dermatologist will determine if you need to come into the clinic.
Melanoma is a potentially deadly form of skin cancer. It won’t wait for the COVID-19 pandemic to be over, so call Park Avenue Dermatology today if you notice moles or brown spots that have changed color, shape, size, texture, or have irregular borders.