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What type of doctor do I need to see?

A rheumatologist (ROOM-uh-TALL-uh-jist) is a doctor who specializes in treating diseases that affect the joints and muscles, like lupus. You may want to ask your regular healthcare provider for a referral to a rheumatologist. In some cases other specialists, such as a dermatologist, a doctor who specializes in treating diseases that affect the skin, may be involved in the diagnosis and treatment of lupus.