What to Ask: Skin Conditions
Tools and Tips
The skin is an important barrier for the body. It protects against dehydration and acts as a first line of defense against invading organisms. Healthy and attractive skin is a large part of our physical appearance, which can have a powerful effect on how we feel about ourselves and how we interact with others.
The following are questions you can ask your health care provider about skin conditions:
- Why is my skin very thin and breaks easily?
- I bruise easily. What should I do?
- My whole body itches. Do I have skin problems? Should I take shower daily to prevent the itchiness?
- What are these marks on my arms and forearms?
- How many types of skin cancer are there?
- Is skin cancer serious in older adults?
- I have skin tags in my face and neck. Can these change to cancer?
- My spouse is in a nursing home and is being treated for scabies. Do I need treatment as well because I visit him?
- How do I know if a mole has cancer? What kind of changes should I look for?
- How is shingles treated? Is shingles contagious?
- I was told that I have stasis dermatitis. What can I do to prevent the swelling in my legs from getting worse? How do I treat the small ulcers I develop?