Diagnosing and treating psoriasis requires a variety of doctors and specialists. Here’s the team of people who will help you through your treatment.
Primary Care Physician
A primary care physician or general practitioner may diagnosis and treat psoriasis. He or she may also coordinate care and maintain records for you. He may also offer referrals to a dermatologist or rheumatologist, if he feels he is unable to treat your disease or side effects.
A dermatologist is a physician who specializes in skin diseases, specifically in treating the medical, surgical, and cosmetic conditions of the hair, skin, and nails. A dermatologist may be able to diagnose your condition, then begin you on a course of treatment and monitor your symptoms.
A rheumatologist is a physician who specializes in the treatment of joint disorders and arthritis. If your psoriasis progresses to include psoriatic arthritis (about 30 percent of all psoriasis patients), your doctor or dermatologist may recommend you consult a rheumatologist for treatment of your arthritis.
A pathologist is a physician who specializes in the diagnosis and development of diseases. If your physician or dermatologist is unable to diagnosis your psoriasis, he or she may collect a sample of your skin (also known as a biopsy) and send it to a pathologist.
An internist may be another specialist to see as severe cases of psoriasis can affect the heart, liver, and kidneys. He or she may be able to help treat inflammation or allergies that are worsening psoriasis symptoms.
A nutritionist is a specialist who can provide diet and nutritional supplements as part of your care. As certain foods can aggravate psoriasis symptoms, a nutritionist can help you determine which foods you should avoid, as well as what foods may help your symptoms.