Telemedicine or In Person Appointment? Here are Some Guidelines

The coronavirus pandemic has everyone concerned, and most people are trying to stay at home as much as possible. We are actively working to protect our staff and patients through social distancing and disinfecting measures, as well as providing telemedicine services, but there are some conditions that you will need to see a doctor in person. 

Contact Dermatitis

Even if you don’t have a predisposition to allergies, you might still get contact dermatitis. This skin condition presents itself when your skin comes into direct contact with an irritant or allergen. If you have inflammation of the skin that does not go away, the dermatitis should be addressed by a doctor. 

If you have had contact dermatitis before, your allergist might be able to prescribe a topical medication over telemedicine. However, if you have never had such an allergic reaction, you will need to come into our office for allergy patch testing.

Acne

Most acne can be diagnosed and treated virtually, so long as the doctor can closely examine quality pictures of the condition. If you have had problems with acne for a while, you can usually get new, more aggressive treatments from your doctor. 

If you have severe acne or if you could have cysts, your dermatologist may want to have you come in for a physical examination that can be much more thorough than telemedicine. This is necessary for ensuring that you use the correct treatment. Cysts can be painful and lead to infection, so they should be addressed right away with an in-person appointment.

Rashes

Rashes can happen for any number of reasons, and they aren’t always a sign of an allergic reaction. Rashes can be very difficult to diagnose, especially if you can’t think of anything new that you’ve been exposed to. Rashes usually have to be examined by a doctor in person to try to determine the cause. You may also need allergy patch testing.

If you are in need of a dermatological visit and you’re not sure if it should be in-person or via telemedicine, contact us today, and we’ll schedule the right appointment for you and your symptoms.

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