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Tips for Finding the Right Psoriasis Specialists

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Having moderate to severe psoriasis puts you at risk for developing other conditions. Your physician may not be able to treat all your conditions, but they can refer you to specialists. You may want to consider consulting one or more of the following specialists in order to get the best treatment.

Dermatologist

A dermatologist is the first specialist your doctor will probably refer you to. Dermatologists specialize in treating the skin, nails, hair, and mucous membranes. (Moderate to severe psoriasis often affects the nails, skin, and scalp.)

Not all dermatologists offer the same services and treatments. It's best to do some research before you make an appointment. Look for a board-certified dermatologist who has experience treating psoriasis. Check their website or call their office to find out if they treat psoriasis, or if they focus more on cosmetic procedures.

Rheumatologist

Up to 30 percent of those with psoriasis develop psoriatic arthritis, according to the National Psoriasis Foundation. This condition can cause joint pain, inflammation, and stiffness. These symptoms require specialized treatment from a rheumatologist.

Rheumatologists diagnose and treat arthritis and other rheumatic diseases that affect the joints, bones, and muscles. They can help ease your symptoms and improve your quality of life.

Internist

Moderate to severe psoriasis is more than just skin deep. Symptoms can affect other parts of the body too.

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