When do I need to see a doctor. What are the ABCD's of skin cancer?
If you have a lump or bump that isn't going away, is bleeding, that looks funny, then it's time to see a doctor to find out what it is. So what do various skin cancers look like? This Slideshow: Precancerous Skin Lesions and Skin Cancer may be helpful if you want to compare your skin bump with skin cancer types.
I had a bump on the side of my nose that was an actinic keratosis and I had that frozen off with liquid nitrogen by a dermatologist. I've also had seborrheic keratosis removed from my face and body; they were frozen off with liquid nitrogen too.
Have you ever been to a doctor to find out if a skin bump or lesion is cancer or not?
Have you had the wart looked at by a doctor before? A lot of dermatologists in private practice can have long waiting lists when they see a patient for the first time, so if you are wanting to see a dermatologist right way you may have to call around to find one who can see you before you go to boot camp. If you cannot see a doctor before bootcamp, find out if there is an army dermatologist who can see you.
If an OTC (over the counter) wart removal product (those typically contain a high percentage of salicylic acid) doesn't work for you then please see a doctor for help to have it diagnosed and removed.
I'm sorry but it's not possible for our health professionals to diagnose or treat anyone over the internet. If you are worried that you have staph or some other type of skin infiection please see a doctor for help as that is the only way to get antibiotics if necessary.
Please use the WebMD search engine with staph infection to read more about it before your doctor's visit.
Please realize that our WebMD health professionals cannot diagnose or treat anyone over the internet. You do have to be seen in person by a doctor in order to find out what is causing your skin problems.