Skin rashes can be uncomfortable, unsightly and worrisome. Being reluctant to go out in public for treatment – as a pandemic rages on – just makes the condition more stressful.
After nearly two years of self-isolating, social distancing, mask wearing, vaccinating, rearranging-your-entire-lifestyle hassles, COVID-19 continues to plague society with the viral variants known as Delta and Omicron. That doesn’t mean you have to ignore or postpone treatment for skin rashes.
Like other forms of health care that have adapted and evolved during the pandemic, virtual dermatology offers treatment for patients with conditions such as skin rashes – all without leaving your home. It’s also known as teledermatology, a personalized, real-time video conference with your dermatology provider.
Skin rashes are especially well-suited to teledermatology because most of these conditions can be diagnosed with a visual inspection – and that can be done via video.
All you need for a virtual visit with your dermatologist is an Internet connection and a smart phone, tablet or computer with a camera and speakers.
No need to be tech-savvy. Just call and make the appointment. Your dermatologist will connect with you directly on your phone or through email, providing the web link and all the information you need to set up your video visit. The connection is quick and easy.
One of the first things you’ll probably need to do before your virtual visit is take a photo of your skin rash and upload the picture to a secure site at the dermatology office along with your medical history. That way, your dermatologist can review your condition and get a clear idea of what’s going on before your actual teledermatology visit. This saves you time.
At Walk-in Dermatology, we use state-of-the-art software that lets you upload images and medical information directly to us, safely and securely.
Before your virtual visit begins, you’ll want to be in a well-lighted, comfortable, quiet place where you can talk. Wear loose clothing if your rash is in an area that will require further evaluation. The ideal teledermatology visit will take place in your home, not while you’re at work or sitting in a car with the radio playing.
Skin conditions that are especially suited for teledermatology diagnosis include acne, rosacea, psoriasis, eczema, rashes and routine check-ins for medication refills.
In many, perhaps most cases, your dermatologist will be able to diagnose your skin rash via virtual visit and prescribe a course of treatment. If medications are indicated, a prescription can be called in to the pharmacy of your choice. Because many pharmacies now have drive-up service, you won’t even need to leave your car to pick up those medications.
Still, it’s important to know that some skin conditions may require an in-person office visit with your dermatologist. Signs of skin cancer, for example, must be confirmed with an up-close examination of the affected area. In many cases, a biopsy of a small tissue sample must be collected and sent to the lab to confirm a diagnosis.
Teledermatology is uniquely suited to the diagnosis and treatment of many skin rashes. It’s convenient, saves time and helps put patients at ease because they can receive care from the comfort of their own home. The technology for a virtual visit is safe, secure and efficient. You receive teledermatology care with confidence in the knowledge that your information remains strictly confidential.
At Walk-in Dermatology, we are committed to patient privacy, whether you come to one of our offices or receive treatment through a virtual visit. We adhere strictly to patient privacy laws under HIPAA (The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act).
If you have concerns about any skin condition and need dependable answers fast, you don’t have to wonder, worry or wait. Walk-in Dermatology is here to keep you healthy. Our team of board-certified dermatologists and experienced medical staff will address your concerns and provide the necessary care for all your skin conditions. We can set up a Video Visit and even prescribe medications remotely, or you can schedule an appointment with us online. The choice is yours. But don’t wait until the problem gets worse. Contact us today (516) 621-1982.