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Helpful hints for Dermatologist visit

Psoriasis is a chronic condition that needs regular and continuous treatment to manage symptoms. But the current COVID-19 scenario has had us all reeling back, unsure of its impact on our daily lives.

Remember, you are not in this fight alone! Your Dermatologist will be able to guide you on the best way to manage your symptoms better, while staying safe from the infection. Check with your Dermatologist if you need to visit the clinic for consultation or avail a teleconsultation.

Here are a few tips to help you with your clinic visits so that you can adhere to your treatment while staying safe.

Prior to your clinic visit[1][2]

The Indian Association of Dermatologists, Venereologists and Leprologists (IADVL) and American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) have proposed the following guidelines to ensure your safety while you visit your Dermatologist:

  • Take a prior appointment
  • Confirm your appointment before you leave home
  • Ensure that you follow safety guidelines while travelling
    • Wear mask at all times
    • Maintain social distancing
    • Ensure hand hygiene

What to expect when you arrive at the clinic?

All clinics will have certain protocols that need to be followed to ensure safety from infection.
Co-operating with the clinic staff and adhering to these protocols will help you stay safe.

On entering clinic

During your appointment

Protective gear

Your doctor will use appropriate protective gear all through your visit to ensure safety from infection[2]

Write Queries

Be sure to write down all your queries prior to your meeting to ensure a quick visit

Confirm date

Confirm the date of your next visit before you leave

Following safety precautions prior to and during your appointment will ensure that you are not exposed to the infection. Continued treatment for your condition is important for you to manage your symptoms better.

Talk to your Dermatologist
about biologics for clear* skin

*No plaque elevation, erythema or
scaling, hyperpigmentation maybe present.

References

  1. American Academy of Dermatology Association. Guidance on the use of immunosuppressive agents. Available [Online] at: https://www.aad.org/member/practice/coronavirus/clinical-guidance/biologics Accessed on 25 June 2020.

  2. Lahiri AK, et al. Indian Dermatol Online J 2020;11:333-6.