Most individuals have a primary care physician. Many have a dentist. Many women have an OB/GYN for women’s health. There are a variety of specialists’ that one may have: Internists, Ear/Nose & Throat (ENT), Ophthalmologists, Rheumatologists, and more.
When you are being treated for any form of pemphigus or pemphigoid (P/P) and are on any of the various treatments it is best to keep all of your doctors in the loop. Each one should know of your present condition and the medications that you are taking as this can affect your diagnosis with each specialty examination.
If you will be considering an invasive surgical procedure of any kind, (including dental work) both your surgeon (and dentist) and your dermatologist need to be in touch. Usually, your P/P medications can be increased for a few days prior and a few days afterwards to prevent any flare-ups.
Also advise your dental hygienist when you are having your teeth cleaned, so that he/she can be extra gentle with your gums. (Many Hygienists are just now learning about P/P through the IPPF Awareness Campaign!)
When you are a new patient at a doctor’s office and filling out the information sheet, be sure to list all the medications you are taking for your P/P condition. Your new doctor will then ask you about them and be aware of your situation.
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