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Psoriasis is a chronic autoimmune condition that affects the skin, leading to red, scaly patches that can cause discomfort and, in some cases, significant distress. Understanding who diagnoses this condition is essential for individuals seeking relief and effective treatment options.

So What Type of Doctor Diagnoses Psoriasis?

Dermatologists are the primary type of doctors who diagnose and treat psoriasis. Specializing in conditions of the skin, hair, and nails, dermatologists have the expertise necessary to differentiate psoriasis from similar dermatological conditions. Their training includes recognizing the various forms of psoriasis and understanding the complexities of this autoimmune disease.

The Diagnostic Process

A dermatologist's approach to diagnosing psoriasis typically involves a comprehensive physical examination of the skin, nails, and scalp. They look for the characteristic signs of psoriasis, such as thick, red patches of skin covered with silvery scales. In some instances, a biopsy may be necessary to confirm the diagnosis. During a biopsy, a small sample of skin is removed and examined under a microscope to look for the specific cell changes associated with psoriasis.

Additional Specialists in Psoriasis Care

While dermatologists are the primary medical specialists for psoriasis, patients may sometimes be referred to additional specialists, depending on their symptoms and the severity of their condition:

  • Rheumatologists may be involved in cases where psoriatic arthritis is suspected, offering expertise in joint and musculoskeletal conditions.
  • Primary Care Physicians (PCPs) often play a role in the initial recognition of psoriasis symptoms and can provide referrals to dermatologists for specialized care.

How Certified Dermatology Can Help

At Certified Dermatology, we understand the challenges that come with living with psoriasis. Our team of board-certified dermatologists is dedicated to providing comprehensive care for individuals seeking relief from this condition. Here's how we can help:

  • Expert Diagnosis: With our specialized knowledge and experience, we can accurately diagnose psoriasis, distinguishing it from other skin conditions to ensure the correct treatment approach.

  • Personalized Treatment Plans: Recognizing that psoriasis affects everyone differently, we tailor our treatment plans to each patient's unique needs, lifestyle, and the severity of their condition.

  • Advanced Treatment Options: Our practice stays at the forefront of dermatological advances, offering the latest treatment options, including topical therapies, phototherapy, and systemic medications.

  • Supportive Care: Beyond medical treatment, we provide education and support to help our patients manage their condition effectively, emphasizing the importance of skin care, stress reduction, and a healthy lifestyle.

At Certified Dermatology, we believe in a patient-centered approach, where your comfort and well-being are our top priorities. If you're experiencing symptoms of psoriasis or seeking expert dermatological care, our team is here to support you every step of the way. Let us help you manage your psoriasis and improve your quality of life. Find your nearest location today.

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