With most in-real-life appointments on hold, dermatologists are rushing to get their telemedicine set-ups in working order. "[My practice] is starting teledermatology services on Monday, March 23," says Kanchanapoomi Levin. "Telemedicine visits are available for acne, rosacea, melasma, rashes, skin-care curation, and cosmetic consultations. "I decided to close my office to most patients, excluding skin cancer treatments, and instead called every one of my patients scheduled to come in this week and asked them if I could help them remotely," says Loretta Ciraldo, board-certified dermatologist in Aventura, Florida, and founder of Dr. Loretta skin care. "In the majority of cases involving acne or rashes, I was able to adjust medication frequency or strength based on my visual assessment and get them new prescriptions when necessary.
For dermatologists and their patients, the push toward teledermatology means doctor visits can occur even while under self-quarantine. "With COVID-19 spreading widely in the U. S. , you may wish to use telemedicine to treat your Medicare patients without putting their health, or your own, at risk," read newly-published guidelines for dermatologists from the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD). "Telemedicine may be of particular use for patients at higher risk of infection (the elderly and those with other health issues) and for non-urgent appointments.
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