A dietitian is a qualified health professional, who as well as providing general health advice, can also work with people with special dietary needs due to health conditions. Dieticians arequalified health professionals. A dietician can develop a food and nutrition plan that can help with skin conditions and mental barriers to food. The title “dietician” is protected by law. This means you’re not allowed to call yourself a dietician unless you’re properly qualified and registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).
Nutritionists offer a different role to dieticians. While they have a less active role in the treatment of diseases, nutritionists will teach clients about the properties of foods that are good for the body. Nutritionists provide information about food and healthy eating, but not about special diets for medical conditions. The title of nutritionists isn’t protected by law, meaning that anyone can advertise their services as a nutritionist. You can search for a registered nutritionist near you on the Association for Nutrition’s website.
Pharmacists can be of incredible use for people with skin conditions. Pharmacists can help guide patients towards treatments for ongoing skin disease and offer solutions to help raise patients’ quality of life. They also advise patients on treatments to avoid, such as herbal creams that may be irritants. Pharmacists may also help in offering patients emotional support through patient support groups.
Podiatrists are healthcare professionals who have been trained to diagnose and treat abnormal conditions of the feet and lower limbs, including: toenail problems, such as thickened toenails, fungal nail infections or ingrown toenails, corns and calluses, verrucas, athlete’s foot, dry and cracked heels, blisters.
Plastic surgeons repair and reconstruct missing or damaged tissue and skin. The main aim of plastic surgery is to restore the function of tissues and skin to as close to normal as possible, and it can also help improve the appearance of the affected area. Plastic surgery is different from cosmetic surgery, which is surgery carried out solely to change a healthy person’s appearance to achieve what they feel is a more desirable look. Plastic surgeons often work together with dermatologists, particularly in the treatment of skin cancers.
Rheumatologists are doctors who help patients with musculoskeletal problems. Some skin diseases and musculoskeletal disorders are linked, such as psoriatic arthritis and lupus, so you may be treated by a rheumatologist as well as a dermatologist.