get help and to “refer patients somewhere else if they can’t help them”.
Dr. Grant is calling for more people of color in the field of Dermatology. She believes this would help decrease the health inequities in communities of color.
When asked about the inequities in treatment, Dr. Grant said costs are a big factor as insurance won’t always cover certain medications. Physicians may not recommend treatment and darker-skinned people may be told to wash their hair daily as a solution.
She further adds that doctors don’t always recognize the condition as plaque psoriasis and even when they do, patients may not have access to a rheumatologist.
How to manage your psoriasis
When asked if there was advice for patients who have or may have psoriasis, Dr. Grant advises them to be aggressive; “make the doctors see things” and “make sure the doctor is listening”.
She urges patients to do some research. See if the doctor has experience with patients of color. Find out if they have had extra training and have they taken “Skin or Color Courses”. Find out where they trained. And very importantly, ask for a biopsy.
Once diagnosed, Dr. Grant wants patients to make sure the doctor gives them a treatment plan that works with their lifestyle and when they do, stick with that plan.
If the treatment requires 3 visits per week and the patient doesn’t have transportation, request a different plan. Follow-up visits are vital and just like any condition, she says “the earlier it is treated, the better”.
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