Some factors to consider before receiving treatment include whether the condition causes pain or interferes with daily life, the cost and results of treatment and whether the skin condition has caused infection in the body. Seeking treatment is often necessary to diagnose the condition, even if no other symptoms are present.
Before receiving treatment for a skin disorder, the side effects of medications should be considered. For instance, steroids are often used to treat psoriasis and other skin disorders but may also cause sleeplessness, insomnia, nausea and hypertension. In general, the benefits of using medications to treat a skin disorder should outweigh the potentially negative side effects of using the medication.
Persons with recurring skin conditions may also consider how often the treatment must be received to control the symptoms of the skin disorder. For instance, eczema may require consistent treatment throughout a person's life to control the symptoms of the skin disorder, while warts can often be removed in one doctor's visit.
When determining whether treatment is necessary, consider whether the condition may worsen without care. For example, warts may spread to other parts of the body if left untreated. Additionally, warts that are located on the face and other sensitive areas of the body should be treated by a medical professional to prevent damaging the surrounding skin.
Some skin conditions, such as changes in the size, shape or appearance of a mole, should be evaluated and monitored by a medical professional to rule out serious diseases. Any skin condition that is accompanied by fever, swelling or general malaise should also be evaluated promptly.