Advances in Psoriasis Treatment

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At Your Appointment

Psoriasis Appointment Guide

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Ask the right questions at your next doctor’s appointment. Answer two questions below to personalize your appointment guide.
  • Have you experienced any joint pain or arthritis along with your psoriasis skin symptoms?
  • What areas of your body are affected by psoriasis?
  • Measuring with the palm of your hand, how many palms would it take to cover all the affected areas of your skin? (Each palm is about 1% of your body surface area.)
  • How many psoriasis flares have you had? Did you notice anything that seemed to trigger those flares?
  • Is your psoriasis negatively impacting your quality of life, such as limiting your ability to do activities or socially interact with others?
  • Are you taking your psoriasis medications as directed?
  • How long ago did you first start experiencing skin problems?
  • Describe the skin problem. For example, do you experience itching, pain, redness, or thick, raised areas of skin?
  • Have you experienced any joint pain or arthritis along with your skin symptoms?
  • Do you have a family history of any of the following conditions: psoriasis, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia, or other auto-immune diseases?
  • Do you notice anything that triggers your symptoms and makes them worse?
  • On what areas of the body are your skin problems located?
  • How well is your medication controlling your symptoms? Do you feel it is effective?
  • What new symptoms are you experiencing?
  • How satisfied are you with your current psoriasis treatment and management?
  • Do my symptoms mean I have psoriasis?
  • Could my symptoms be caused by another medical condition?
  • What medications are available to improve my skin symptoms?
  • What should I do if my skin symptoms get worse?
  • Are there lifestyle changes I can make to improve my symptoms, such as exercise or dietary changes?
  • Are there specific activities I should avoid?
  • What are the best psoriasis treatment options for me?
  • How would you categorize my psoriasis: mild, moderate or severe?
  • How will I know if my treatment plan is working well or if it needs to be changed?
  • How well am I doing with managing my psoriasis?
  • How often do I need to make appointments for follow-up? What are you looking for when I have follow-up appointments?
  • What should I do if my plaques, itching and other symptoms get worse?
  • Are there other medications that would do a better job of controlling my symptoms?
  • Do my new or different symptoms indicate that my psoriasis is getting worse?
  • Am I getting the best results I can from my psoriasis treatment plan?
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Last Review Date: 2018 Jul 17
  1. Psoriasis. Mayo Clinic. https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/psoriasis/diagnosis-treatment/drc-20355845
  2. Your Role in Treatment. National Psoriasis Foundation. https://www.psoriasis.org/access-care/informed-patient/your-role
  3. Psoriasis: Diagnosis, Treatment, and Outcome. American Academy of Dermatology Association. https://www.aad.org/public/diseases/scaly-skin/psoriasis/diagnosis-and-treatment-of-psoriasis
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