What makes for a supportive doctor/nurse when you have psoriasis?

When a person gets on well with their doctor or nurse and feels there is progress being made with their skin, frequent appointments were reassuring. Zara says her dermatology doctors and nurses are “lovely” and “couldn’t have been more helpful”. Steven thinks “rapport” between doctors and their patients is important, especially if treatment (such as phototherapy) is “life changingly intensive”. Having seen different medical professionals meant some people could compare them.
However, not everyone had positive experiences with all their medical professionals.
As well as medical information, doctors can also give advice on the everyday aspects of having psoriasis. Lucy’s dermatologist recommended an emollient for shaving her legs which would be better for her psoriasis than shaving foam. Megan asked her doctor whether it would affect her psoriasis if she were to get her belly button pierced. Hyperpigmentation and scarring is something that Sofia and Hannah have talked to their dermatologists about. Some people pointed out that doctors could learn from their patients too.
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Other things weren’t talked about with medical doctors though. Damini’s tried herbal medicine but hasn’t talked to her GP about it as she prefers to keep them “separate”. Lucy was nervous at first about talking about psoriasis on intimate body parts but is glad she did to get the treatments she needed.


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