Buckhead Office

3379 Peachtree Rd NE, Suite 500

Atlanta, GA 30326

Mon. - Fri.: 7:30 am - 4:30 pm

Roswell Office

11755 Pointe Place, Suite B-2

Roswell, GA 30076

Mon. - Fri.: 7:30 am - 4:30 pm

Signs You Need to Visit a Dermatologist

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A dermatologist is a doctor who is certified to treat conditions of the skin. While your primary care physician or pediatrician can certainly make a diagnosis and recommend treatment, a dermatologist carries the experience and specialized training to deliver the most accurate diagnosis and the most effective treatment plan.

When it comes to the skin, it may be hard to know when you need to make a visit to a dermatologist, as many skin conditions don’t produce unbearable pain or cause you to miss work. Nonetheless, leaving a skin condition untreated can lead to detrimental consequences within your comfort, your overall health and your self-esteem in some cases.

At Olansky Dermatology, we suggest patients schedule a yearly visit with us for a full body skin check. During this appointment, our dermatologists will look for suspicious markings on the skin, such as new or changing moles. But we will also hear your concerns about other skin conditions as well, such as a persistent rash you’ve been getting or worsening acne breakouts.

In between your annual visits, it is important to recognize the signs and symptoms that may require you to come back to see us again. If you experience any of the following symptoms, go ahead and call our Atlanta-based office for an evaluation.

  • A rash that does not clear on its own. Skin rashes can be an indication of an allergic reaction, eczema or even a virus in the body. All skin rashes need to be diagnosed, especially when it is not going away on its own.
  • Nails that appear yellow or brittle. A fungal infection in the toenail or fingernail needs antibiotics. Therefore, if you notice that your nails appear weak and yellowed, visit a skin care expert sooner rather than later.
  • Severe or worsening acne. While teen acne is common and seldom unnoticed, it can be severe enough to warrant medical treatment. If you suffer from severe acne, or cystic acne, let our professionals recommend an more effective treatment. We have treatment methods far beyond your local drugstore, including prescription ointments, oral medication and laser/light therapy.
  • Systemic disorder or medical disease affecting your skin. There are many overall health conditions or diseases that can affect the skin. For example, diabetic patients typically suffer from dry skin. If the dry skin is not properly managed by a dermatologist, it can lead to skin cracking and infection, which aggravates their diabetic condition.
  • A mole that has changed. Knowing the early warning signs of skin cancer is imperative. If you notice that a mole or freckle has changed in size, shape, color, or texture, book a visit with a dermatologist for a professional skin check. Early intervention could save your life.

While this list is certainly not all-inclusive, it serves as a general guideline on when to call a dermatologist. At Olansky Dermatology, we serve the entire family, including your baby, teen and aging parent! When it comes to your skin, if you are in doubt or concerned about its health, we urge you to take a proactive approach and schedule an appointment with one of our skilled dermatologists. Remember that your skin is an organ of your body; in fact, it’s the largest one!

Posted on behalf of Dr. Jodi E. Ganz, Olansky Dermatology Associates
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Olansky Dermatology Associates – Atlanta Dermatologist
3379 Peachtree Rd NE, Suite 500
Atlanta, GA 30326
Phone: (404) 355-5484
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Buckhead Office

3379 Peachtree Rd NE, Suite 500

Atlanta, GA 30326

Roswell Office

11755 Pointe Place, Suite B-2

Roswell, GA 30076

Our Happy Patients

Olansky Dermatology Associates

4.7/ 5.0

Based on 900 reviews

Ashley A.

Mandy Ramer, NP-C was such a pleasure to meet with. She listened to all of my concerns and addressed each one with a plan that fit my needs. I am so glad I picked Olansky Dermatology. Absolutely thrilled with their service from appointment setting through check out.

Kara E.

The appointment process is quick easy and convenient online. Parking is easy enough. I got in basically right at my appointment time. I didn’t have to wait hardly at all. The doctors and nurses are nice, knowledgeable and helpful. The procedure I had was easy and I got out fast and was on my way.

Suzanne H.

This was probably the best experience I’ve ever had going to a dermatologist. Every interaction I had with the staff was pleasant and they were so helpful. I had accidentally cancelled my appointment and the girls at the front desk help me get in so I could be seen and someone could help me. Which I really appreciated, most places would have just turned me away. The doctor or pa I saw that day I can’t remember her name was lovely and took great care of me. I will be going to Olansky’s going forward. You will not be disappointed! The staff is excellent!

Coriana W.

Dr. Bender honestly changed my life around. I had extremely bad hormonal and cystic acne, and have been told for years that there is nothing I can do but wash my face and etc.. Dr. Bender gave me hope that there is hope she helped get my confidence back and now I’m finally free. She cares about her patients and takes her time with you every visit. If you need help in anything derma-logical then you really need to go to her.

Jenny S.

The doctors and PA’s are great and very knowledgeable. I never have to wait to long and the office staff is always very nice. I also take my son there and they are great with him as well. I would highly recommend Olansky Dermatology.

Kristen R.

Olansky Dermatology is wonderful! Our whole family goes. My daughter has had terrible eczema through the years and both my kids had mollescum too. They always make things better and spend time explaining whats wrong and how to fix it.

Mike D.

I recently had a couple appointments at Olanksy Dermatology and was seen by Julia Lee. Julie was excellent and quickly took care of the issue I was having with my skin. I would highly recommend Olansky Dermatology and especially Julia Lee to anyone in need of a dermatologist.

Tamima D.

My husband is a patient of PA Sharon Doering I appreciate all she did for my spouse. She’s very down to earth & made him feel comfortable. Sharon communicated in a way that he can understand.
Thank You

Lisa H.

I see the physician assistant Sharon Doering and she has drastically improved my skin! I highly recommend this practice and their brilliant thourough doctors. I finally have glowing skin!

Betty G.

I have had excellent experience at Olansky Dermatology. Dr Burger is meticulous and thorough and has a most pleasant and calm manner. I have every confidence in her and this office.

Cheyenne G.

Very kind and understanding people. Dr. Bellamy and her nurse took the time to listen to all my concerns and never made me feel rushed.

Kishan P.

I was actually running a bit late, but they were very friendly and knowledgeable about what was going on with my skin. And also very timely.I will definitely stick with them!

Khol S.

Very professional and pleasant staff. When I arrived at my appointment this afternoon I was informed that my doctor called out sick and they tried calling to let me know but I just recently changed my number so they were unable to reach me. The receptionist was so sweet and helpful. Instead of leaving and making a new appointment they fit me in without an issue and without any waiting.

Susan H.

Dr. Ilyas was highly recommended to me so I decided to change dermatologists. I am so glad as I am pleased with his expertise and his highly professional manner. I am also delighted with Emily Raville, Aesthetician. She does a wonderful job and I am recommending her to my friends as well. I am completely satisfied – can’t get any better than that!