Dermatologists say skin problems can affect life’s quality

September 4, 2013 9:13 am 

By Azer N. Parrocha

MANILA, Sept. 3 (PNA) — The fact that skin conditions or diseases are easily spotted has both positive and negative implications -— positive because it can be immediately given treatment and negative because, well, it is obvious.

One does not usually visit doctors unless his or her condition starts becoming bothersome. Dermatologists said that while skin disease might not usually be life-threatening, they can definitely affect a person’s quality of life.

Philippine Dermatological Society (PDS) member, Dr. Purita Paz Lao, explained that because of current strong public focus on youth and beauty, skin health has significantly caught media attention.

During Tuesday’s health forum at Annabel’s Restaurant in Tomas Morato, Quezon City, Lao, along with other PDS doctors, gathered to tackle dermatological health as well as its procedures.

Lao explained that although a simple skin problem can start out benign, it can turn into something much worse and could even lead to more complications than to start with.

“Its manifestations might be a clue to the presence of other diseases,” Dr. Cecila Rosete, also a member of PDS said.

She further said that if there was something wrong and it showed in the skin, there are 11 institutions around the country with dermatological clinics that can avail of services at no cost at all.

“There is no reason to go to a derma because everything is available for all levels of the society,” PDS president, Dr. Rosalina Nadela said.

She added that the PDS regularly conducts outreach medical missions and treat patients as they come except in difficult cases that need more attention and must be referred to accredited institutions.

While most skin diseases are controllable, not all of them are curable, Nadela said, stressing the importance of visiting a PDS-accredited dermatologist instead of walking in a free standing med-spa or laser center. (PNA)

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