Access health care

As with most chronic, autoimmune diseases, psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis require ongoing treatment. In order to best manage your condition, it is important to see a doctor regularly who specializes in treating psoriasis and/or psoriatic arthritis.

Navigating the health care system and applying for disability are not always easy, so we've compiled this list of resources for you to help you access the care you need to get—and stay—healthy with a chronic condition.

Informed Patient

Psoriasis is a chronic disease. There's a big difference between treating a chronic disease versus an acute disease such as strep throat. With acute conditions, you see the doctor once and do something that cures it right away. A chronic disease like psoriasis doesn't have a cure. You might have to see your doctor many times and try a lot of things to stop the itching and flaking. The symptoms also can come and go. Since there's no cure for psoriasis, you have to learn how to live with it. Take charge of your health care »

Choosing a provider

Your relationship with your health care provider is key to helping clear your psoriasis and manage your psoriatic arthritis to the fullest extent possible. Take the time to interview as many dermatologists as necessary to find one who will work well with you, your family and your lifestyle. Read more »

Find a doctor

Our physician directory will provide you with information on the treatments offered and the physicians experience with treating psoriasis and/or psoriatic arthritis. Find a doctor »

Taking charge: you and your health care provider

Be aware of what your doctor has to consider before prescribing a treatment for you. The disease's effects on your quality of life must be taken into consideration. It is important to share your symptoms with your doctor, so he or she knows how your psoriasis affects your daily activities. Quality of life may be an important determining factor in choosing a treatment for you. Learn more »

Your role in treatment

Having a chronic disease such as psoriasis or psoriatic arthritis impacts how you interact with your doctor. Chronic diseases require you to become a partner in your own health care and an advocate for your health and well-being.

The work you do before the appointment can improve your experience. Get the most out of your appointment with your doctor with these helpful tips »

Making treatment decisions

We have compiled a list of questions help you and your doctor when deciding which treatment is most appropriate. Find out what you should ask »

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