What is dermatology?
Dermatology is a medical field dealing with aspects of skin, hair, nails and their diseases. It is a specialty with medical and surgical characteristics. Dermatological diseases can be congenital or acquired, as well as associated with some other systemic diseases manifested on the skin.
How can a dermatologist assist me?
It is a dermatologist’s duty to treat with the utmost professionalism and provide you with an accurate diagnosis or opinion regarding your medical situation. At Medassist you’ll find the finest dermatologists in Israel who will professionally treat you. It is our duty to provide you the best institutions holding all the medical specialties required to perform surgical procedures, biopsies and more.
Do I need medical attention?
Consult a doctor for sunburn treatment if:
- The sunburn is severe — with blisters — and covers a large portion of your body
- The sunburn is accompanied by a high fever, headache, severe pain, dehydration, confusion, nausea or chills
- You’ve developed a skin infection, indicated by swelling, pus or red streaks leading from the blister
- Your sunburn doesn’t respond to at-home care
Your doctor might suggest a corticosteroid cream for your sunburn, or a short course of glucocorticoid medication for severe cases involving large areas of your body. Antibiotics are most often not required unless you develop an infection.
Answer From Lawrence E. Gibson, M.D.
You generally won’t need to see your doctor for a jellyfish sting. If you do visit your doctor, he or she will be able to diagnose your injury by looking at it.
Sometimes treatment is based on the type of jellyfish that caused the sting. Your doctor may collect samples of the stingers.
Treatment for jellyfish includes first-aid care and medical treatment, depending on the type of jellyfish, the severity of the sting and your reaction to it.
Most jellyfish stings can be treated as follows:
- Carefully pluck visible tentacles with a fine tweezers.
- Soak the skin in hot water. Use water that’s 110 to 113 F (43 to 45 C). If a thermometer isn’t available, test the water on an uninjured person’s hand or elbow — it should feel hot, not scalding. Keep the affected skin immersed or in a hot shower for 20 to 45 minutes.
Steps to avoid
These actions are unhelpful or unproved:
- Scraping out stingers
- Rinsing with seawater
- Rinsing with human urine
- Rinsing with fresh water
- Applying meat tenderizer
- Applying alcohol, ethanol or ammonia
- Rubbing with a towel
- Applying pressure bandages
- Emergency care. Someone having a severe reaction to a jellyfish sting may need cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), life support or, if the sting is from a box jellyfish, antivenin medication.
- Oral medicine. A rash or other skin reaction due to delayed hypersensitivity may be treated with oral antihistamines or corticosteroids. You may also be given oral pain medicine.
- Eye flushing. A jellyfish sting occurring on or near an eye requires immediate medical care for pain control and a good eye flushing. You will likely be seen by a doctor specializing in eye care (ophthalmologist).
By Mayo Clinic Staff
Protect your first line of defense
Every dermatologist will tell you that your skin is your body’s first line of defense. Therefore it is important to keep it healthy and maintain your personal hygiene.
Besides the obvious influence relocation may have on your life, moving to a new country or continent can influence you in ways you did not think about or even prepare for. It is a known fact that people need to adjust to their new surroundings. The same is said about your body. A new climate and different weather conditions can affect you and your skin. For example, sunny dry places can cause dry skin even to the locals, let alone foreigners arriving from a cooler and more humid climate.
Once you have settled in your new home and got yourself arranged, it is important for you to try and adjust your personal hygiene to the weather and the climate conditions around you as much as possible. Summer in most places in Israel is hot and very humid, therefore having more than one shower a day is a very popular practice. Dust storms, air pollution and more can cause dermatologic problems. It is recommended for you to pay close attention to your skin condition and to ask for medical help if you feel uncomfortable.
At Medassist, the leading medical assistant’s service, we are well aware of these things. Therefore, we collaborate with the leading medical institutes in Israel and provide a direct connection with professional health services throughout the country. Thanks to our experience we can assist facilitate your medical treatment. We give personal attention to each and every person as we walk them through the process with no extra cost. Our services cover all aspects of medical needs, from doctor appointments to medical labs and imaging. Our long history of helping people with improving their lives is the core of our reputation as a provider of high-quality medical treatment in Israel.
We are here for you from the first call and we will be here for you every step along the way to ensure you receive the best possible treatment. Our philosophy of care is to be there when needed above and beyond.