• Dermatologist appt. today

    Asked by SRikard on Thursday, February 14, 2013

    Dermatologist appt. today

    I get anxiety everytime I go to the dermatologist.

    3 Answers from the Community

    • carm's Avatar

      SRikard, I can understand that you might be aprehensive, any doctor appointment can be frightful when you face an unknown variable. I have a friend who always gets spots of skin cancer (squamous) here and there. She has to see the dermatologist everytime something suspicious comes to the forefront. The other day she showed me an app for her android phone called "Dr Mole." She takes a picture of a suspicious mole or lesion and it will identify if it is a source of concern. She showed it to me last week, and I had never knew anything like this existed. Maybe this might be an aid for you as well. No matter how scary a doctor appointment can be, it is still a vital step in ensuring you maintain that optimum health status so you deserve a badge of courage for doing the right thing even when it presents with discomfort and stress. I hope things go well for you, Carm RN.

      over 3 years ago
    • SueRae1's Avatar

      I get nervous when I see my oncologist, even though I do it often, i joke that my BP is 20 pts higher in his office then any where else, including the infusion center. It's understandable, you don't know if the other shoe will fall, as the saying goes.

      over 3 years ago
    • Dick_K's Avatar

      SRikard, I can appreciate your anxiety when it comes to your dermatologist appointment. As carm said, any doctor appointment can be a concern if you are checking on an unknown. I used to have annual derm exams and then when I started on a clinical trial three years ago, the frequency changed to every twelve weeks. Today I look at my derm exams as a second line of defense, with the first being tracking any changes on my own and I no longer have any concern about these exams.

      As to the phone apps carm mentioned, my advice is to stay away from them. There have been a number of recently published articles pointing to the apps being unreliable for melanoma identification. Use your phone instead to take pictures so you can monitor any changes, but please do not substitute for a dermatological exam, preferably a derm with experience with melanoma.

      Your question implies your appointment was today, I hope everything turned out fine and there was no reason for your anxiety.

      over 3 years ago

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