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How to Choose a Doctor to Treat Psoriasis

A doctor who specializes in skin care, called a dermatologist, can be a big help with your psoriasis. He'll be up to date on all the triggers you should avoid, symptoms, and treatments.

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 specially trained doctors. A nearby medical school is another resource.

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Warm weather often spells relief from psoriasis. Sunlight helps reduce skin patches, and higher humidity relieves dry skin. Yet spring and summer can also make you anxious about showing more bare skin when you have psoriasis. Use these tips to make the most of balmy days.

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Questions to Ask a Dermatologist

Ask these questions to help you choose the right doctor for you:

  • Does your office accept my insurance?
  • How quickly can I schedule a visit?
  • Do you have patient references?
  • Are you available after hours?
  • Do you have evening or weekend hours?
  • Do you have a special area of interest in skin care?
  • How many times have you done the procedure I need?

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Reviewed by Debra Jaliman, MD on November 02, 2015
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