Skin diseases are very common in the United States, affecting 1 in 3 Americans at any given time. Among nondermatologists (who treat the majority of skin concerns in the US), Family Physicians care for the greatest number of skin diseases.
Your skin is your body’s largest organ system. This makes the skin more susceptible to injuries and disease. There are numerous skin conditions that you might experience throughout the course of your life. Common issues include cellulitis, rosacea, cysts, warts, shingles, hives, psoriasis, eczema, acne, and pigmented moles. Many family doctors and dermatologists are well equipped to examine and diagnose you correctly. After diagnosis, your family doctor or dermatologist may treat these conditions using medications or even want to discuss changes to your diet with you.
Why choose to see your family doctor for a skin concern? Most skin conditions diagnosed and managed by family physicians improve. One study found at day 7 of therapy that 84% of patients reported their skin lesions were “better” or “much better.” [J Fam Pract. 2007 January;56(1):40-45] Moreover, patients said they were highly satisfied with their care. Referrals to subspecialists were infrequent. Given lower co-pays typically to see your primary care clinic, the ability to discuss more than just skin concerns at your appointment, and successful outcomes, the decision to first see your family medicine clinic is a wise one.
We can help manage your conditions with cryotherapy (liquid nitrogen), punch biopsies, shave excisions, elliptical excisions, incision and drainage, suturing, steroid injections, as well as prescribing oral and topical prescriptions medications.
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