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Dermatologists Treating Acne Online 2010-04-26 12:00:00

Would You Rather Be Treated For Acne Online?

If you've ever tried to make an appointment to the dermatologist, you'll know that there's often a lengthy span of time between the day you call to schedule your next visit until the time the office is able to accommodate you. Recognizing that fact, doctors at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston tested a way to treat acne patients online.

According to the study, which was published in the April issue of Archives of Dermatology, Dr. Alice Watson, along with her colleagues, treated two groups of patients with mild to moderate acne. Some went the regular office visit route, while others were instructed to upload photos of their skin, submitting symptoms questions. For the latter group, doctors followed up within three days with advice and treatments.

The outcome? Patients saw almost the same results (reduced pimples) whether they were treated online or at the office. While dermatologists spent about the same amount of time with patients regardless, patients loved the time online visits saved them, with most of them saying they'd opt for the online method again. While I'm sure "visiting" the doc online isn't perfect, perhaps we might be seeing more of these types of services available in the future. Would you jump all over this, or do you prefer the tried-and-true office visit?

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Carissa2313 Carissa2313 7 years
I think this is a great idea. I don't want to wear make up to the Dr. so they can see the true picture, but I a always so self conscious of having to go the appt. and wait and god forbid run into somebody without make up on when I am having a flare up.
sunraze16 sunraze16 7 years
i think you should only go to a derm if you have like total serious acne problems. otherwise its just a matter of good hygiene. the online thing would be helpful for those needing advice, not clinical care.
Retrolicious Retrolicious 7 years
I've had my fair share of terrible dermatologist visits but I feel like a doctor should look at your skin in person, feel it, examine it under a light, to properly diagnose.
GummiBears GummiBears 7 years
Honestly I would not mind being treated online. It is a pain in the ascot trying to see a derm and half of the time they prescribe me the same thing and it doesn't reduce the acne.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 7 years
I guess it would depend on whether the online method was less expensive. The expense is why I don't see a derm right now, so if the cost was lower I would go for it.
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