There are some skin symptoms that are merely bothersome or uncomfortable and others that should cause concern. I highly recommend seeing a dermatologist at least once a year for a full body scan. Not only can you be sure you’ll catch something iffy, but you’ll also have peace of mind knowing you aren’t harboring skin cancer or some other scary condition. The following are some skin symptoms you should never ignore. They aren’t the only ones though, so if you have any tips or advice, please share.
1. Changing Mole
If you have a mole that suddenly looks different, it could indicate skin cancer, so get to your dermatologist right away. This is one of the most dangerous skin symptoms because it could mean you have melanoma. It’s a good idea to give your entire body a regular once over so you know what every little nook and cranny looks like. That way, if something does look off, you’ll be able to catch it before it’s too late. A mole that gets larger or changes color should be checked out immediately.
2. Spot under Your Nail
People sometimes get skin cancer under their nails. If you see a spot under any of your finger or toenails, have your dermatologist look at it. This is advice I took last summer and I’m glad I did. Fortunately, I just had a bruise and the blood hadn’t totally been reabsorbed by my body yet. Chances are, your spot is something equally as harmless, but I’m glad I got it checked if for no other reason than my peace of mind.
3. A Wound That Won’t Heal
Say you have a spot on your skin that bleeds, then scabs, but keeps repeating the cycle rather than going away. That can be a problem, for sure. It could indicate pre-cancer or could already be cancer. If you keep getting a wound in the same spot or you’re wondering why it hasn’t gone away yet, it pays to call and make an appointment with your dermatologist.
4. A New Mole
Changing moles are definitely concerning, but a new one that crops up can be as well. Not all new moles are something to freak out about, but if you suddenly see a new one, it’s a good idea to let your dermatologist have a peek. That way you know it’s fine and you can sleep at night.
Ok, I’m not suggesting panicking and heading to your dermatologist every time you break out in a rash. Most are benign and will go away on their own. However, some rashes can indicate an allergy, so they should be checked so you can treat them properly. If you recently began a new medication and have a rash, it’s a good idea to talk to your dermatologist. At the same time, any rash that is accompanied by a fever, swollen lymph nodes or general feelings of unwellness, make an appointment to be seen.
I know that acne isn’t life or death, but if you let it go, it can spread and leave your face pitted and scarred. And yes, even adults can get acne. If you notice recurring bumps and blemishes on your skin, see a dermatologist for treatment options that can get rid of it and make you a lot more comfortable. You won’t die if you don’t have your acne checked, but you’ll feel a lot better. I promise!
7. Large Mole
Back to your moles. A really big one can be an issue that requires removal. I’ve had more than 20 skin biopsies over the years, but all have come back clear. That’s great for me, but it doesn’t mean it’ll be the same for you. If you have a mole that’s a bit larger than the others, ask your dermatologist if she’ll take it off for you. It’ll be a lot more comfortable having it gone and she can have it checked for abnormalities.
Have you ever had a skin cancer scare? Do you see your dermatologist regularly? I hope this article motivates you to make your next appointment. Here’s to healthy skin for everyone!