When to Call Your Dermatologist or Doctor

Please pay close attention to this!!  Web research or an online site is never, ever a substitute for calling your doctor.  If you are having a side effect, a reaction that you’re not sure about, panicking or worrying about something more than a little, you need to call your doctor!! 


Call right away for anything that could be serious.  If it’s a more routine question, waiting a day or two or three could be fine, but call your doctor if you are worrying about it.  And if you have lost faith in or don’t communicate well with your doctor, than it might be time to seek a second opinion.


Be safe with your skin, and a Happy Thanksgiving to those who celebrate it!

Dr. Irwin


See Dr. Irwin’s new article:  Before and After Photos in Cosmetic Dermatology – An Exposé.  Dr. Irwin shows how before and after photographs can be manipulated to show a "fake" treatment result.

Dr. Brandith Irwin, MD

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