People of all ages can experience skin conditions, ranging from minor aesthetic concerns to serious health problems like skin cancer. The team at West Family Medicine in Pocatello, Idaho, offers dermatology among its many family medicine services. The primary goal at the practice is to deliver outstanding care across a wide range of medical specialties, and dermatology is a crucial part of your overall health. Scheduling an appointment is as simple as a phone call or booking through the online tool.
Dermatology is an area of medical practice focused on addressing the full scope of skin health needs. Some of those needs are aesthetic in nature, while others are serious health issues that can have a negative impact on your quality of life.
Some of the issues that fall under the umbrella of dermatology include:
This is far from a comprehensive list. Your skin is a complex organ and there are many issues that can arise as you move through the phases of life.
Skin cancer is a serious matter and is among the most common types of cancer. Researchers believe skin cancer develops based on a combination of genetic and environmental factors. There may be nothing you can do about a genetic predisposition to skin cancer, but you can take steps to reduce the environmental portion of the equation.
Exposure to ultraviolet light is the number one cause of all skin cancers. Limiting your time in the sun and taking precautions to protect your skin can go a long way toward reducing your risk of skin cancer.
Professional skin checks are also essential for healthy skin. Your West Family Medicine practitioner has the skill and training needed to check your skin for signs of skin cancer. If there are areas of concern, your practitioner helps you learn about more in-depth screening tools that can detect cancerous changes in your skin cells and advises you on next steps.
Your treatment path depends on your specific set of needs and is customized to suit your overall health and lifestyle. Medications can treat many common skin conditions, and there are also several light therapy treatments that are effective.
In some cases, altering your skincare routine and making lifestyle adjustments can help manage chronic skin conditions like acne, psoriasis, and eczema. Your practitioner works with you to find a treatment plan that works for you. In the event you need a treatment that is not available through West Family Medicine, your doctor helps you find the right specialist and coordinate your care as you move through and beyond treatment.
If you have concerns about the health of your skin, schedule an appointment today. You can book a visit online or call the office.