Primary care provider
A primary care provider (also called PCP, primary care physician or general practitioner) is a doctor or other health care provider who has training in fields such as family medicine, pediatrics or internal medicine. Your PCP plays an important role in:
- Treating acute (short-term) and chronic (lifelong) illnesses
- Good health management through regular check-ups, screenings for comorbidities (related health conditions) and preventive care
- Referring you to specialists
Managing your overall health
When you have psoriatic disease, it is important to continue seeing your PCP for overall health maintenance and disease prevention, even if you are seeing specialists for other conditions.
At regular health check-ups, your PCP will often:
- Measure your vitals, including height, weight, blood pressure and heart rate
- Perform a routine physical exam
- Order blood tests
- Administer recommended immunizations, like the flu shot or other vaccines
Screening for related health conditions
People living with psoriatic disease have overactive immune systems, which causes inflammation in the body. This results in skin and joint symptoms and can increase your risk of related health conditions, also known as comorbidities.
The good news is that effectively treating your psoriatic disease and following a healthy lifestyle can help lower your risk of comorbidities and improve your quality of life.
Your PCP may also be able to test for, diagnose and manage some health conditions, which are related to psoriatic disease:
- Metabolic syndrome, which includes high blood pressure, high blood sugar level, high cholesterol and extra body fat around the waist
- Type 2 diabetes
By performing these screenings, your PCP can ensure that you are in good health or identify signs of symptoms of related conditions. Speak with your PCP about how to lower your risk for comorbidities or provide referrals to specialists.