It can be dangerous to diagnose or treat your own medical conditions using “Dr. Google” as your only guide. However, the world wide web has power that can be used for good, not evil! There are many resources available online with excellent medical information and support; the trick is finding the right ones.
I’ve compiled a short list of safe online resources for medical skin conditions. Nothing can replace seeing a physician, but these types of aides are a great compliment to medical care and can help you become an educated and empowered patient.
Eczema/Atopic Dermatitis: www.nationaleczema.org This site has great informational articles and videos, and you can hear the stories of others’ suffering from eczema and get the latest treatment and research updates.
Acne: www.skincarephysicians.com/acnenet This site is sponsored by the American Academy of Dermatology and has a good overview of the types of acne and the treatment options available.
Skin Cancer: www.skincancer.org Sponsored by a great organization, the Skin Cancer Foundation. Here you can find sun safety tips, reviews of skin cancer treatment options and scout out a skin cancer screening near you. I already have this listed in my Links section- I’m a big fan.
Rosacea: www.rosacea.org The Rosacea Society puts out educational information and also publishes a snail mail newsletter that you can sign up for on their website.
Alopecia Areata: www.naaf.org
Beware of websites posing as informational sites that are sponsored by a pharmaceutical company or a particular drug or “brand”. Some have legitimate information, but often they provide a one-sided story re. the treatments available.