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What can I do if I'm having trouble handling the effects of psoriasis?

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If you have serious side effects from treatment, let your doctor know right away. Treatments can cause depression, fatigue, skin sensitivity, joint pain, and other symptoms. Your doctor may suggest ways to ease those problems. If you have trouble managing stress, your doctor may refer you to a psychologist or counselor who can help.

SOURCES:

National Psoriasis Foundation: "Treatments," "Connect With Others."

Linda Cornish, dermatology nurse, Kaiser Permanente Medical Center, Oakland, CA.

Julie Nelligan, PhD, health psychologist, private practice, Portland, OR.

Cornish, L.  , February 2008. Dermatology Nursing

Reviewed by Debra Jaliman on October 28, 2019

SOURCES:

National Psoriasis Foundation: "Treatments," "Connect With Others."

Linda Cornish, dermatology nurse, Kaiser Permanente Medical Center, Oakland, CA.

Julie Nelligan, PhD, health psychologist, private practice, Portland, OR.

Cornish, L.  , February 2008. Dermatology Nursing

Reviewed by Debra Jaliman on October 28, 2019

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