COVID-19 and Virtual Dermatology Appointments
Date Published: May 22nd, 2020
With the ongoing COVID-19 crisis in mind, Seattle Skin and Laser is offering telemedicine appointments so that our patients can check in with their dermatology providers without leaving their homes. This is especially important for conditions that are not urgent or cosmetic in nature; any treatment that is not immediately necessary must be handled virtually to ensure the health of both our patients and staff.
How Does Telemedicine Work?
Telemedicine appointments are conducted online using your computer or smartphone and typically take about fifteen minutes to complete. To complete an appointment, your device must have a camera and microphone. Our office uses a service called doxy.me, which is HIPAA-compliant and secure. To schedule a telemedicine appointment, call our office. We will give you detailed instructions on checking in for your visit then.
Telemedicine appointments can be used for conditions including:
- Atopic dermatitis
- Bacterial infections
- Viral and fungal skin conditions
- Allergic skin reactions
- Hair loss or hirsutism
- Atopic or contact eczema
- Insect bites, scabies
- Other conditions
If your telemedicine appointment finds that you require in-person care, we will schedule that appointment at our nearest available location. Prescriptions can be provided through telemedicine appointments and called into your pharmacy.
Who Will Conduct My Telemedicine Appointment?
You will meet virtually with one of our board-certified dermatologists or a dermatology-trained nurse practitioner or physician assistant. Telemedicine appointments through Seattle Skin and Laser are conducted by our staff, and in most cases you can meet with the provider you have previously received care from at an in-person appointment.
Who Should Choose Telemedicine?
At this time, all patients who would like to address concerns that are not urgent must choose telemedicine appointments. Some cases, such as a suspicious legion, infection, or an irregular mole) can be seen by a dermatologist in-person as these are potentially life-threatening and urgent. Any other concerns, such as acne, allergic reactions, or warts, can and likely should be treated using telemedicine.
How Do I Schedule a Telemedicine Appointment?
To schedule a telemedicine appointment with Seattle Skin and Laser, call our main office at (206) 525-1168. To learn more about this service, read more here.