Wednesday, April 19, 2006
Extreme makeover--face edition
For some reason, I have always felt like going to the doctor is a rare occurence that should be preserved for obvious, life-threatening conditions that are causing major pain. I feel funny going to the doctor for littler annoyances and so I usually don't. But, I've had a weird rash by my mouth for the last month or so that wasn't going away. It's mostly been an aesthetic problem, since it doesn't hurt or anything, but after a month I decided maybe it was time to do something about it. Today I had an appointment with the dermatologist. I was a little nervous about going, because I was afraid he would laugh at me for coming in over something so small and trivial. Well, it was a short appointment, but I did find out that I have perioral dermatitis, which won't go away unless you treat it. So, I could have waited for months and it never would have gone away. Unfortunately I can't do the quicker antibiotic treatment since I'm pregnant, but with special cream and stuff it should clear up totally within a month or two. And the dermatologist also figured out that what I thought was just stubborn acne on my chin is an outbreak of viral warts. Nice. Those can't be treated simultaneously with the rash, but after the other thing gets cleared up I can treat them. So in a few months I should have totally clear skin. That's pretty cool. I had just assumed that my skin was kind of yucky and there was nothing I could do about it. I'm glad I decided to "bother" the doctor with my little complaints.