Psoriasis - 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.

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?
WebMD Medical Reference Reviewed by Debra Jaliman, MD on November 02, 2015

Sources

SOURCES:

Bruce E. Strober, MD, PhD, associate director of dermatopharmacology, department of dermatology, New York University School of Medicine; co-director, Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis Center.

Jeffrey M. Weinberg, MD, director, Clinical Research Center, St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center, New York City; assistant clinical professor of dermatology, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases.

American Academy of Dermatology.

National Psoriasis Foundation.

Abel, E. ACP Medicine, April 2005.

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