What Is An Online Dermatologist?
Today, we’re taking it back to basics as we explain the ins and outs of what an online dermatologist actually is. We’ve had a lot of questions recently on what they can offer and why speaking to a First Derm Online Dermatologist can speed up your recovery and resolve your issues more quickly than the traditional approach.
Your Dermatologist is in High Demand
Firstly, there are only 150,000 Dermatologists in the entire world! If you’re in the USA, based on the number of dermatologists, you’re looking at 1 for every 32,000 people. So, it comes as no surprise that you’ll be waiting an average of over 32 days just to get your appointment. This strain is compounded by the number of cases that need to be seen by a dermatologist, on average every person suffers from 1 to 2 skin diseases per year and 20% of all family doctor visits are skin related, this leads us to the next question…
Can My Family Doctor Treat My Skin Disease?
Yes and no. A family doctor is of course going to be able to help but on average, 50% of the time a family doctor will diagnose incorrectly. Sometimes a family doctor will be able to resolve the issue for you, especially with the majority of cases being treatable with over the counter medicines and creams but this could really go either way.
Online Dermatologist to the Rescue?
We may be biased but using an online dermatologist is a great way to avoid the clear issues and waiting times that dermatologists are traditionally lumbered with. We have over 30 online dermatologists who are capable of giving an answer within hours for your skin issues. Many patients have been surprised with how quickly and easily this can resolve skin diseases you may have been suffering from for a long time or simply something that needs to be checked for immediate relief.
How does an Online Dermatologist work?
The system we use is super simple! Simply visit our send case page, from there you just need to add 2 images of your skin disease or issue. This will then be sent to our online dermatologists. Depending on the service you choose, they will have an answer for you within 3 hours or up to 24 hours. It really is that easy, no waiting times, just an immediate response you can either take to your doctor to discuss appropriate treatment or head to the pharmacy for an over the counter cream. Here are some examples of typical questions to an online dermatologist and their answers.
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Specialist doctor from the University Hospital in Gothenburg, Sweden. I moved to the Bay Area in January 2013 and I attended the School of Public Health, UC Berkeley from 2013 to 2014 as a visiting PhD candidate. My PhD thesis is on Digital Health and so far I have published 4 peer review scientific papers. I founded First Derm in 2014.