Have You Seen the Following Specialists Yet?
Last updated: December 2022
How many times do we need to say that psoriasis is a condition that goes deeper than the skin? Enough times until it sticks, I guess. Psoriasis is a disorder in the immune system that affects a person's overall health.
Yes, psoriasis affects the skin, but given its connection to the immune system, a person living with psoriasis has a risk of developing comorbidities.
The important of seeing additional doctors
A yearly assessment of one's overall health serves as a preventive measure for areas of our health that need medical attention which we may not even be aware of.
If by chance, you happened to come across this article, this is a sign that you should book an appointment and see the following doctors.
The first specialist that you probably have to see if you experience bothersome scratching and when you notice a few changes in your body, especially in your skin, nails, and hair is a dermatologist.
In your first appointment, your symptoms, history, and probable treatment plans and solutions such as creams, lotions, shampoos, and ointments will be discussed with you.
Book an appointment with a rheumatologist once you start experiencing joint pains and stiffness. These symptoms are related to psoriatic arthritis which requires the help of rheumatologists for diagnosis and treatment.
Doctor of internal medicine
A psoriatic patient is also susceptible to developing other comorbidities such as diabetes, liver diseases, inflammatory bowel syndrome, and cardiovascular disease.
The role of an internist comes into play in terms of checking the overall quality of a patient’s health, while offering assistance to make sure that the patient does not further risk himself to these complications.
Ophthalmologists are doctors who specialize in vision and eye care. An appointment is necessary when the patient experiences eye pain, redness, inflammation, or cloudy vision.
Commonly, these symptoms are related to uveitis, which can lead to permanent eye damage if untreated.
Psychologist or psychiatrist
More than physical health, psoriasis can also affect the mental well-being of a person too. Being diagnosed with psoriasis, along with dealing with its symptoms, lifestyle changes, as well as beating the stigmas attached to it eventually takes a toll on you.
A common struggle is dealing with depleted self-confidence and self-esteem because you often wonder what other people might think about you when they see you.
Psoriatic patients are susceptible to having depression, anxiety, and other mental health issues. Seeing a psychologist is necessary to seek therapy and counseling in order to develop healthy coping mechanisms and to provide emotional support.
Treating your entire body is so important
Above all else, one must prioritize annual medical check-ups and evaluations with the assistance of primary care physicians to provide them an opportunity to determine the existence of signs of illnesses, even when symptoms are not manifesting yet.
It is important not to treat psoriasis only as a skin disease because it is so much more than that. One must always be reminded that seeing the aforementioned specialists will be beneficial in order to ensure that you are getting the appropriate treatment that your body needs.
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