When to see a dermatologist about a skin problem?

ive had a skin problem for the last two years its a rash near my eyes to my neck and now its all on my arms ive tried allsorts of ointment and creams my gp is useless and hasnt been very sympathetic.. im so depressed and feeling very stressed. please help

Dear Readers    –  I know that not all of you have access to a skin doctor.  There are still many countries and areas in the U.S. where they are in short supply.   Having said that though, sometimes it is so worth it to try to find a specialist to help you.  Most general practitioners, family practice doctors and internists have limited dermatology training.   I know …. I trained in Internal Medicine before I did Dermatology.  Link to Finding a Good Doctor.

It makes sense to see your gp first, but if he/she isn’ helpful, then it may really be worth some travel and extra expense to get the problem solved more quickly.  Please seek out a dermatologist nearby!   The web just isn’t a great place most of the time for help with skin diseases.

Hope this helps,  Dr. I

Dr. Brandith Irwin, MD

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