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Psoriasis - When To Call a Doctor

Call your doctor if you have:

  • Symptoms of psoriasis. Early treatment may help keep the condition from getting worse. For more information, see Symptoms.
  • Signs of developing bacterial infection. These include:
    • Increased pain, swelling, redness, tenderness, or heat.
    • Red streaks extending from the area.
    • A discharge of pus.
    • Fever of 100.4 °F (38 °C) or higher with no other cause.

If you are currently being treated for psoriasis, call your doctor if you:

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  • Have severe and widespread psoriasis and your skin is more irritated or inflamed than usual, especially if you have another illness.
  • Are taking medicine for psoriasis and have serious side effects, such as vomiting, bloody diarrhea, chills, or a fever.

Who to see

Health professionals who can diagnose and treat psoriasis include:

To prepare for your appointment, see the topic Making the Most of Your Appointment.

WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

Last Updated: March 12, 2014
This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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