Johanna Förster is a skin disease and allergology specialist who treats general skin diseases in patients of all ages. Patient work and working with people is what made her become a doctor, and is still what she regards as the most rewarding aspect of her work.
“I like treating skin diseases because they are so varied. It’s great to be able to treat patients of all ages, carry out procedures, get to the bottom of various skin symptoms and plan the long-term treatment of chronic skin diseases. As my clinical experience and professional expertise have increased over the years, listening and trying to understand patients, their various life situations, hopes and resources in terms of planning their treatment have become more and more important in my work.”
In addition to diagnostic sleuthing, Johanna is interested in the effect of skin diseases on people’s moods and psyche. Certain diseases are easily treated, but when it comes to chronic diseases, we seek ways of controlling them and learning to minimise the restrictions they impose on people’s lives. A long-term patient-doctor relationship can be an important supportive factor. Johanna has also obtained further qualifications in skin diseases by specialising in youth medicine with a focus on taking account of younger patients’ life situations and the adjustments necessary to their treatment.