Your Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis Healthcare Team

There's a good chance you'll talk to your primary care doctor first about your symptoms. Depending on your condition, your doctor may refer you to one or more specialists for complete diagnosis and treatment.

If you have skin symptoms only, you'll probably need to see a dermatologist. If you have joint symptoms, it's best to see a rheumatologist as soon as possible. Rheumatologists are specially trained to treat arthritis and similar conditions. People with psoriatic arthritis often see both a rheumatologist and a dermatologist.

Other members of your healthcare team may include:

  • Nurse or nurse practitioner (for care at or between doctor visits)
  • Psychologist or counselor (for emotional support)
  • Occupational or physical therapist (for help with joint function)
  • Orthopedic surgeon (for joint surgery, if needed)  

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