The Importance of a Medical History

Couple filling out their medical history
by Rommana Khan
Feb 3, 2022

Photo by Tom Leishman from Pexels 

Much like any visit to the doctor’s office, filling out a detailed medical history on GetSkinHelp is necessary for the doctor to get a better understanding of your health.

Things like chronic illnesses, allergies, hereditary conditions, or current prescriptions help your doctor to determine a diagnosis and next steps.

For example, the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology (ACAAI) suggest the most common reported drug allergy is to penicillin, which if given to the patient, can lead to hives, rashes, itching, and anaphylaxis.

In the case of skin cancer, the Skin Cancer Foundation suggests that each person with a first-degree relative diagnosed with melanoma has around a 50% greater chance of developing the disease than people who do not. In other words, if someone in your family had skin cancer, chances are higher that you will, too.

Sometimes, the state of your skin health is a direct correlation with your overall health. For example, a patient with diabetes is at higher risk for skin infections or skin lesions.

It may seem like our medical form is long and extensive, but it is extremely valuable to your doctor. Not only does it help in their diagnosis, but also saves time and makes the virtual appointment flow smoothly.

Our skin specialists are here to help you and resolve your skin condition in a timely manner, and a thorough medical history is essential.

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