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A dermatologist, which is a doctor who specializes in skin care, can be a big help in treating your psoriasis.

When you look for a dermatologist, start by asking your primary care doctor for a recommendation. You can also check with the American Academy of Dermatology, which has lists of board-certified doctors. A college medical school near you is another resource.

Many dermatologists work at university hospitals with doctors who are in training to be dermatologists. If you are in a university hospital, your dermatologist may also have a dermatologist-in-training and a medical student with him or her when he visits you. A skin care doctor who teaches at your local medical school may also have a private practice in your area.

Questions to Ask a Dermatologist

When you call a dermatologist's office for information or meet with a dermatologist, these questions can help you decide if he or she is the right doctor for you:

  • Does your office accept my insurance?
  • If I notice a problem, how quickly can I schedule a visit?
  • Do you have patient references I can see?
  • Do you have evening or weekend hours?
  • Do you have a special area of interest in skin care?
  • How many times have you performed the procedure I need?

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