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When to Seek Medical Care for Psoriasis
People should see a doctor if they have signs of psoriasis, such as red raised plaques of skin with silvery scales, and do not feel comfortable with how their skin looks or feels. Psoriasis is usually a mild inconvenience to most people. However, for others, it may be disabling or painful. The doctor can prescribe treatments that help.
Those with psoriasis commonly recognize that new areas of psoriasis occur within seven to 10 days after the skin has been injured. This has been called the Koebner reaction.
People should always see a doctor if they have psoriasis and develop significant joint pain, stiffness, or deformity. They may be in the reported 5%-10% of individuals with psoriasis who develop psoriatic arthritis and would be a candidate for systemic (pill or injection) therapy. Psoriatic arthritis can be crippling and cause permanent deformity.
Always see a doctor if signs of infection develop. Common signs of infection are red streaks or pus from the red areas, fever with no other cause, or increased pain.
People need to see a doctor if they have serious side effects from their medications. (See Understanding Psoriasis Medications.)
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 6/5/2015
Jeffrey J. Meffert, MD
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