Healthcare Professionals for Psoriasis

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Healthcare Professionals for Psoriasis

Postby Nick Balgowan » Thu Dec 21, 2006 12:27 pm

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Healthcare Professionals for Psoriasis

• Primary healthcare physicians are your first line of defense. They provide care for most skin conditions, including mild to moderate psoriasis.

• Nurses, either registered or nurse practitioners, help patients understand and manage their condition and overall health on an everyday basis. They help design, explain, implement, and track treatment plans, as well as act as liaisons between the patient and the doctor.

• Dermatologists are medical doctors who specialize in skin care, as well as care of the nails and the skin inside your mouth. Dermatologists treat psoriasis and other skin conditions and may prescribe medications.

• Infectious disease specialists focus on treating conditions caused by germs and microorganisms (these include bacteria and viruses). Psoriasis is neither contagious nor infectious, but some people develop psoriasis symptoms after an infection such as strep throat. Primary care doctors also may work with an infectious disease specialist to diagnose complex cases.

• Rheumatologists are internists who specialize in treating arthritis and related conditions that affect joints, muscles, and bones. People with psoriatic arthritis also may work with an occupational or physical therapist, orthopedist, or physiatrist to protect their joints, reduce pain, and improve joint function.

• Psychologists help people cope with social and emotional challenges that result from the effect psoriasis can have on their appearance and self-esteem. Treatments such as behavioral and cognitive therapy can be valuable additions to the use of medications.
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