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Treating Psoriasis: 6 Important Reasons to See Your Dermatologist

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Psoriasis is a chronic condition. This means that once you've been diagnosed, you'll be managing and treating it for the rest of your life. Because of this, it can be easy to hold off on seeing a dermatologist until your next scheduled appointment. But in some cases, seeing a dermatologist is important. Keep reading to learn six reasons to pick up the phone, make an appointment, and get answers to your health needs.

1. You notice something new.

If you have moderate or severe psoriasis, there are some symptoms that you're probably used to by now. These may include red, irritated, cracked, or dry patches of skin, as well as inflammation, swelling, and itchiness.

But if you notice something new, it's important to see your doctor. A new symptom could be a sign that your condition is getting worse. For example, if you're finding it harder to complete daily tasks or feel like your joints are swollen, you may be developing psoriatic arthritis.

A new symptom may also be a sign that your current treatment is no longer effective. You may have built up a resistance to a cream, topical lotion, or biologic. Even if you're not entirely sure if this new symptom is related to psoriasis, it's better to get it checked out.

2. You're still scratching.

For many people with advanced psoriasis, the need to itch or scratch is the most annoying symptom. This itching sensation isn't like a typical bug bite. It's often described as a painful, burning sensation.

While itchiness is one of the most common symptoms, there are ways to control or reduce it. If you're still experiencing this symptom, it's time to speak up. Your current treatment is likely no longer working.

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