Specialists can tell a lot about you by just looking at your skin. Yes – just by your skin, they can clue in on what is going on with you health wise. A specialist can see all health issues, such as ophthalmology, diabetes, GI issues, stress, and anxiety through your skin.
They look for lumps around your eyelids or red eyelids. The sensitive area around your eyelids could be droopy, red, or even puffy due to an irritation or allergy. Even a beauty product could cause irritation, especially eye shadow, mascara, and eyeliner. Sometimes shampoo can even cause a bad irritation. There are some food allergies that result in swelling of the eyes. Discharge and redness from your eye can cause changes within the tear film.
The Ophthalmologist can help by giving you an antibiotic or even some steroid eyedrops. If it is for your eyelid, the specialist may prescribe some hydrocortisone cream to treat symptoms.
A Psychiatrist may look for patchy, red skin and nails that are bitten down. They can see anxiety on your nails and skin. In fact, nail biting is also called “Onychophagia.” Anxiety may not be a direct cause to skin issues, but it can make current ones worse, such psoriasis and eczema.
The Psychiatrist can help by treating your stress and anxiety. They can help you cope through any issues you are having regarding your mental state. If your skin condition was caused or worsened by anxiety, it should get better.
A diabetes doctor will look for velvety, dark patches on the skin, especially in areas under your arms and on the back of the neck. The thick patches are called acanthosis nigricans, and they are one of the early signs of prediabetes. The dark areas can be a marker for your body turning insulin resistant.
The diabetes doctor can help by checking your blood glucose levels. You may not have diabetes at that time, but the doctor may want to coach you through some steps to prevent the disease from happening. This will typically mean losing just 7% of your total body weight. That alone will reduce your risks by two-thirds.
This type of doctor tends to look for tender and shiny nodules on shins, blistery or itchy rash on scalp, back, butt, knees, and elbows. This rash, as well as all skin issues can go hand-in-hand with inflammatory bowel disease in 44% of cases. Gastroenterologists tend to keep their eyes open for two main issues, which include erythema nodosum (they are red nodules on shins that is typically caused by an immune system reaction.) and dermatitis herpetiformis (this is a blistery, itchy rash that is typically caused by gluten.)
This type of doctor can help by diagnosing which issue you are dealing with and treating it. For example, if a patient had dermatitis herpetiformis, the doctor would suggest a gluten free diet. That should clear up the rash.
A Gynecologist will look at your body and your vuvla to check for moles and any red, pink, white, brown, or black spots. Even though that area of your body doesn’t see sunlight, you can still get melanoma there. It is important to check all areas of your body. It may be hard to let your doctor look in that area, but it is crucial for your own health.
This type of doctor can help if they do suspect it is melanoma. If they do, they can send you for a biopsy with a dermatologist.
An endocrinologist looks for abnormally dry skin, brittle nails, and thin hair. Thyroid conditions can also lead to skin problems. An underactive thyroid can lead to brittle nails and thin hair. An overactive thyroid can lead to dry skin on your shins and dry, thick skin.
The endocrinologist can help by checking your thyroid levels. Once that has been done, the doctor can then give you the right dose of medication to bring your levels back to the optimal range.
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