How Do I Select A Dermatologist?

Ask around; more people have psoriasis than you think. If that doesn’t work, go online and do some research. Consider some or all of the following factors when choosing a dermatologist:

Insurance coverage: Does a physician accept a particular health plan?

Location and hours of clinic: Is it convenient to make appointments?

Availability of physician: How soon can I get an appointment?

Physician’s background and training: Do they have experience treating psoriasis?

Recommendations from friends, family, or col-leagues

Recommendations from other people with psoriasis

Different physicians specialize within the field of dermatology. A physician’s practice may focus on medical dermatology, treating skin diseases such as psoriasis.

These dermatologists are usually the most experienced in treating psoriasis and have the most experience trying different therapies for challenging cases. Other dermatologists may focus on children’s dermatology, dermatologic surgery, cosmetic dermatology, or dermatopathology. With this in mind, it may be helpful to inquire whether a physician treats many people with psoriasis.

Two resources for finding dermatologists in your area include the American Academy of Dermatology and the National Psoriasis Foundation .