When To Call a Doctor
Call your doctor if you have:
- Symptoms of psoriasis. Early treatment may help keep the condition from getting worse. For more information, see Reference Symptoms.
- Signs of developing bacterial infection. These include:
- Increased pain, swelling, redness, tenderness, or heat.
- Red streaks extending from the area.
- A discharge of pus.
- Fever of 100.4°F (38°C) or higher with no other cause.
If you are currently being treated for psoriasis, call your doctor if you:
- Have severe and widespread psoriasis and your skin is more irritated or inflamed than usual, especially if you have another illness.
- Are taking medicine for psoriasis and have serious side effects, such as vomiting, bloody diarrhea, chills, or a fever.
Who to see
Health professionals who can diagnose and treat psoriasis include:
- Reference Nurse practitioners Opens New Window.
- Reference Physician assistants Opens New Window.
- Reference Family medicine doctors Opens New Window.
- Reference Internists Opens New Window.
- Reference Dermatologists Opens New Window.
- Reference Rheumatologists Opens New Window (if joints are involved).
To prepare for your appointment, see the topic Reference Making the Most of Your Appointment.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: Reference January 9, 2012|
|Medical Review:||Reference Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
Reference Amy McMichael, MD - Dermatology