Have your tried a virtual consultation?

Have you tried a virtual consultation?

Virtual doctors’ appointments have been becoming increasingly common for a while as they help to make healthcare more convenient.[1][2] With COVID-19 part of all of our lives now, a virtual appointment could be an ideal solution for some situations, in particular by reducing the risk of infection caused by close contact.[3][4] If you can’t get to your doctor, for whatever reason, you may not need to abandon your appointment – you might be able to have one in the comfort of your living room instead, sometimes via a video call facility like FaceTime or Skype.[2][5]

6 ways to make a virtual consultation work for you:

  • Find a quiet spot where you won’t be disturbed.[6]
  • Make notes beforehand with anything you’d like to discuss - be specific about your concerns, symptoms and questions.[6]
  • Send through pictures of your skin, and if possible, photos of how it might have changed.[5][6]7
  • Try to take pictures in bright, natural light, without makeup, and from a few different angles.[6]
  • Be prepared to answer questions about your medical history.[6]7
  • Stick to any advice or instructions that you’re given.[6]
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Although you may still need to see a healthcare professional in person, a virtual consultation could give you what you need, including advice, peace of mind and a treatment plan.[2][6]

If you have concerns about COVID-19 and receiving biological or immunosuppressant treatment, EUROPSO, the European umbrella organisation for psoriasis movements, states that this is not an at-risk group for developing severe forms of coronavirus.8 They ask that patients don’t make changes to treatment regimens without speaking to a healthcare professional.8 Please visit their website for more information.

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