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Dermatologists

We know that chiropractors never correct problems, just have you come back for "adjustments."

Is dermatology another scam? Two years ago I went to one because of an obvious skin problem. He asked me to do a follow-up. Every three months since he wants me back, claiming he needs to check for possible pre-cancerous problems.

by Anonymousreply 3106/29/2013

I had a bad experience with a dermatologist. I had developed painfully dry hands. The dermatologist suspected that I had a fungal infection and prescribed a prescription cream. The cream was so powerful it stripped the skin off my hands, turning them red and raw. I had to stop using it. I decided to do some research on my own. I went to Borders and looked through a medical manual, which suggested that i put vaseline on my hands after washing them, and before and after showering. That did the trick.

by Anonymousreply 106/27/2013

OP, there are chiropractors who don't do that. I have an old whiplash injury that flares up periodically, and one adjustment from a good chiropractor takes care of it. I make sure I don't go to anyone who's out to sell a series of adjustments. I knew a chiropractor years ago who told me that I know when I need an adjustment and to rely on myself to make that decision.

The solution to your problem is simple: Get a different dermatologist.

by Anonymousreply 206/27/2013

Dermatology in a nutshell: "If it's wet, dry it; if it's dry, wet it."

by Anonymousreply 306/27/2013

OP, you do know it's not a law that you have to go back as often as the doctor says, right? Of course, they want to take your money. You don't have to give it to them. Or -- hey, here's a thought -- you could go to a different dermatologist and see if they say the same thing.

by Anonymousreply 406/27/2013

In my experience, the dermo tries to set up an arrangement like the dentist - every 6 months. Even when it's not necessary.

by Anonymousreply 506/27/2013

Do you have to get naked, OP? If not, there's not much point in going back.

by Anonymousreply 606/27/2013

Agree, OP. It is very difficult to find a dermatologist you can trust. Very often they seem to want to see you over and over for followups, and my god the meds they prescribe are about the most expensive I've seen. $200 potions and lotions, that rarely seem to work.

by Anonymousreply 706/27/2013

I've been to three dermatologists for severe acne. The first two prescribed creams, soaps, and antibiotics which helped a little.

The third finally put me on Accutane which cleared it up completely and permanently.

He was also a bit of a perv. I had developed a freckle on the glans of my penis that I was concerned about. I told him about it at one of my appointments and he said let's take a look. I unzipped and pulled out my cock and he proceeded to examine me. I started to get hard which embarassed me. I apologized and he said it was perfectly OK. It's a natural reaction to having your penis examined. the examination continued until he was sure he'd seen everything.

He ended up burning off the freckle with dry ice (or whatever it was) which worked. It healed nicely but he wanted to examine my penis at every appointment. He always made sure to get me hard so that the skin on the glans was "nice and taught" as he put it.

I told a friend ab out this who also goes to this derm. He said the doc does the same to him. He goes to him out of concern for skin cancer. The dock examines him completely nude, including his penis. He pulls back his foreskin and everything.

by Anonymousreply 806/27/2013

R8, can I please have those Doctors' numbers? It's been a while for me... ;)

by Anonymousreply 906/27/2013

Can I have your dermatologist's number, R8?

by Anonymousreply 1006/27/2013

Dermatologists are physicians, medical school, residency the rest. Chiropractors are not scientists, and are not physicians. Much of their training contradicts known biochemical fact and physiology and known pathology.

Dermatologists can quite literally save your life by effective detecting early skin cancer (melanoma- very much on the rise) and other skin cancers. They can also treat (successfully) a number of other skin disorders, psoriasis, fungal infections etc.

They are trained specialist physicians. If you have a history of skin cancer in your family and/or you have been in the sun a lot and are over 40, seeing a dermatologist regularly is a very good idea. Mine caught an early melanoma the size of a black pen dot. Melanoma, you know, can happen unrelated to sun exposure. I thought nothing of it, and he may have saved my life (removed it before it spread.) I have also had more than a dozen basal cell and squamous cell cancers excised- as have my brothers.

Chiroprators are not MDs fellas!

by Anonymousreply 1106/27/2013

There goes R11, talking to himself again.

Nobody said any of those things you're so vigorously refuting.

The only comparison between chiropractors and dermatologists in this thread is that once they hook a sucker, they want to keep him hooked.

by Anonymousreply 1206/27/2013

Certain skin conditions are called chronic for a reason OP.

And, maybe you had some lesions/moles that looked like they could possibly turn cancerous over time. Nothing wrong with keeping an eye on them.

If they start to grow, change(irregular borders), bleed, or won't heal after bleeding... get your ass back there.

by Anonymousreply 1306/27/2013

Like every physician, regardless of his/her specialty, it depends on who you see.

I stopped seeing my original dermatologist because I questioned her priorities when it came to my skincare. She would have me schedule an excessive amount of follow-up visits. It was annoying to take time out of work for these periodic appointments and then cough up the $30 co-pay (the office only accepted cash or check) for each one. Plus, I always felt like I was being rushed out of her office. If I had a question, she would advise me to schedule another appointment so we can discuss it "next time."

On top of this, she was not cosmetically-minded and I really had to press for a Retin-A prescription. And even though she was a dermatologist, her skin wasn't very healthy or youthful looking -- she had wrinkles and severe sun spots.

Also a DIY treatment for a recurrent tinea versicolor rash was more successful than any cream she ever perscribed for me. Two years ago, I applied anti-dandruff shampoo to it and it has not returned since.

Long story longer, I started seeing a new dermatologist and I'm very happy with her. She set me up with a comprehensive regimen of cleansers, moisturizers and anti-acne medication. She said I should try this routine and check in with her after 3 months. Unlike my former dermatologist, I felt that she was very attentive and not pushy. I also have more faith in her skill set because her own complexion is flawless and radiant.

by Anonymousreply 1406/27/2013

If you find a good dermatologist, stay with her or him. But they are as scarce as hen's teeth.

Most are unabashed ripoff artists.

by Anonymousreply 1506/27/2013

Hi Dr. Zizmor/r11!

by Anonymousreply 1606/27/2013

It's not normal if you have a tendency to freckle or have moles to see a dermatologist ONCE per year to get them all looked at.

R8's story is uncomfortable.

by Anonymousreply 1706/27/2013

"the glans was "nice and taught" as he put it."

Oh, dear.

What does the glans of a penis teach, I wonder?

by Anonymousreply 1806/27/2013

For r1.

"Bag Balm" in the green tin.

"officially" it's for cow udders, but people have been using it on themselves for over 100 years.

Nearly every doctor has it on their shelf.

by Anonymousreply 1906/27/2013

Dermatologists in the US seem to be a bit different, I think some perform botox.

Well I can tell you that I've had nothing but problems from them throughout the years. It seems to me that this is an area of medicine that is limited compared to others, that they know less about and can treat less well. The treatment for chronic skin conditions really is not very good at all.

I'm convinced that the dermos I've seen are more used to treating skin cancer patients, I never see anyone there with tell tale psoriasis or even rosacea signs. It's all very strange, they don't look ill! So I feel out of place. :(

Like r8 I had one that asked to look at my penis - unprompted! - when I was 15. ugh. And I like r3's post, but I've been told conflicting things throughout the years by these morons. One recently told me that water dries the skin and is your enemy, implying I shouldn't bathe every day, then the consultant dermatologist actually had trouble explaining it when I put it to her.

It's true that dermatology is a recognized part of medicine unlike chiropracty. Nevertheless it does seem difficult to get a good one as said here by others. I am going to change mine yet again. Thankfully I haven't had to deal with them that much, but it's no fucking fun if you have a flare up.

by Anonymousreply 2006/27/2013

R17 here: I mean that is IS normal to see a derm once per year if you've got freckles/moles.

by Anonymousreply 2106/27/2013

I'm not sure being part of the recognized medical establishment is a good thing. I've spent too much time around some of those people.

Chiros don't engage in the typically invasive sorts of things allopaths do, who are dependent on surgery and prescriptions for treating patients.

Without good chiropractors and DOs who treated me with manipulation, I would have far more limited mobility than I do now. It's difficult for me to view them negatively because of my experience.

My dermatologist mostly seems to treat skin cancer patients but there's a very high incidence of skin cancer where I live so that's probably the norm. I had never seen a dermatologist until I bought a new coat that abraded and removed a mole from my neck last winter. My PCP wanted me to have it checked by a dermatologist she recommended.

by Anonymousreply 2206/27/2013

I have these cysts on my scalp and groin that used to be covered by insurance. Now they aren't anymore and deems want more than $300 to remove one. And they will only remove one at a time. I've got 4 and I don't have $1200 to spend on that.

A skin tag? $300.

Sebhorrheic kerarosis? $300 each.

Then they wonder why people remove things themselves and get infected.

by Anonymousreply 2306/27/2013

Based on my experience, there are two types of dermatogists - skin cancer doctors and beauty doctors. My doctor is the skin cancer type. I see him once a year. It takes him about 45 minutes to do a skin check and remove anything. I see him once a year and he is awesome.

by Anonymousreply 2406/27/2013

r8 's story sounds like the script for a porn film.

by Anonymousreply 2506/27/2013

Most of them are really bad at treating acne. You'd think they would be skilled at it seeing so many cases, but most of them throw a string of medications at you hoping something, anything sticks. Oftentimes, acne prone skin is so sensitive that these strong medications actually make it worse.

by Anonymousreply 2606/27/2013

More about the dermatologist who checks out patients organs up close and personal!

by Anonymousreply 2706/27/2013

[quote]R8: nice and taught

Oh dear.

by Anonymousreply 2806/27/2013

bump

by Anonymousreply 2906/28/2013

Dr. Zizmor runs ads in the subway in the Spring to have brown spots removed "in time for summer." So you can go back to the beach and get more brown spots.

by Anonymousreply 3006/29/2013

More Scary Doctor tales please. A girl needs to be warned.

by Anonymousreply 3106/29/2013
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