Your Healthcare Team

Because psoriasis is a chronic condition that requires lifelong treatment, building the right healthcare team is important. Seek out health professionals who are experienced in psoriasis care and take the time to listen to how the disease is affecting you emotionally.

Dermatologist: A good dermatologist (skin specialist) is probably the most important member of your healthcare team. Work to find one who treats many patients with your type of psoriasis. Dermatologists who don't see a lot of people with psoriasis may not know as much about new treatment strategies.

Psychologist/Therapist: Psoriasis is not just a "skin problem." More than half of the people with the disease say that it's a large problem in their everyday lives. If you need professional help to better cope with your feelings about having psoriasis, your dermatologist may be able to suggest someone to talk to. Or, ask someone you know with psoriasis to make a recommendation.

Rheumatologist: If you have developed psoriatic arthritis, you may need to see an arthritis specialist. Psoriatic arthritis causes pain, stiffness and swelling in and around the joints.

Primary care physician (PCP): Since many cases of psoriasis are mild and the disease is chronic, your personal physician will likely be involved in managing your condition. Your PCP may work in consultation with others to treat mild or severe disease that does not respond to typical therapy.

Nurse practitioner: An Advanced Practice Nurse can provide high-quality care and treatment to patients. They can diagnose and treat a variety of health problems and inform patients about lifestyle changes that can improve their health.

Physician assistant: These health professionals are licensed to practice medicine with physician supervision. They perform a comprehensive range of medical duties, from basic primary care to high-technology specialty procedures.

Next - Questions to Ask Your Doctor
Published August 2011

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