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 visit1,2

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.

During your appointment

Your doctor will use appropriate protective gear all through your visit to ensure safety from infection2

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

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.

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.