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Ask the Right Questions at Your Next Doctor's Appointment

Who is the appointment for?

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What is the reason for the appointment?

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Has the doctor diagnosed you or your loved with with psoriasis?

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Is the appointment with a primary care doctor, or a specialist such as a dermatologist?

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What are your symptoms? (Optional)

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What medications are you taking (if any) for Psoriasis? (Optional)

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Most important questions to ask about Psoriasis

Top 10 Questions about Psoriasis

  1. What is psoriasis and what causes it?
  2. Is psoriasis curable or controllable?
  3. How is psoriasis related to psoriatic arthritis and am I at risk of developing it?
  4. What are the symptoms of psoriasis?
  5. How is psoriasis diagnosed and what kinds of tests do I need?
  6. What are my treatment options for psoriasis?
  7. How should I care for my skin, including the use of cleansers, moisturizers and shampoos?
  8. What medications can treat psoriasis and how long do they take to start working?
  9. What medications can prevent flares?
  10. What are the possible risks, benefits, side effects, and interactions of my medication for psoriasis?
  1. What is psoriasis and what causes it?
  2. Is psoriasis curable or controllable?
  3. Are there certain things that trigger psoriasis?
  4. How will psoriasis affect my daily life and long-term health?
  5. Are there any symptoms of psoriasis that should alert me to call you?
  6. Are my family members at risk for psoriasis and what information should I provide to them?
  7. What types of healthcare providers, such as a dermatologist or rheumatologist, do I need to see and how often do I need to see them?
  8. How is psoriasis related to psoriatic arthritis and am I at risk of developing it?
  9. Will my psoriasis get worse over time?
  10. How will I know if my psoriasis is getting worse and what should I do?
  11. What are the symptoms of psoriasis?
  12. Could another medical condition be causing my symptoms?
  13. How is psoriasis diagnosed and what kinds of tests do I need?
  14. Can my primary care doctor diagnose psoriasis or will I need to see a specialist, such as a dermatologist?
  15. When and how will I learn of my diagnosis?
  16. Does psoriasis get worse over time?
  17. How does psoriasis affect your life and long-term health?
  18. What are my treatment options for psoriasis?
  19. What might happen if I do nothing to treat my psoriasis?
  20. What support groups or therapists are available to help me deal with social inhibitions, self-esteem issues, and relationship problems?
  21. What can I do in addition to taking my medications to improve my symptoms, including pain and itching, and avoid flares?
  22. Can my diet or certain foods affect psoriasis?
  23. How should I care for my skin, including the use of cleansers, moisturizers and shampoos?
  24. How does sunlight affect my psoriasis and should I change my skin care in the summer or winter?
  25. How will I know if my treatment plan is working well or if it needs to be changed?
  26. What medications can treat psoriasis and how long do they take to start working?
  27. What medications can prevent flares?
  28. What kind of monitoring, such as blood tests, do psoriasis medications require?
  29. How and when should I take my medication and what should I do if I miss a dose?
  30. How long will I need to use medication for psoriasis?
  31. What are the possible risks, benefits, side effects, and interactions of my medication for psoriasis?

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Top 10 Questions about Psoriasis

  1. What is psoriasis and what causes it?
  2. Is psoriasis curable or controllable?
  3. How is psoriasis related to psoriatic arthritis and am I at risk of developing it?
  4. What are the symptoms of psoriasis?
  5. How is psoriasis diagnosed and what kinds of tests do I need?
  6. What are my treatment options for psoriasis?
  7. How should I care for my skin, including the use of cleansers, moisturizers and shampoos?
  8. What medications can treat psoriasis and how long do they take to start working?
  9. What medications can prevent flares?
  10. What are the possible risks, benefits, side effects, and interactions of my medication for psoriasis?

Medical Reviewer: William C. Lloyd III, MD, FACS; Sarah Lewis, PharmD. Last Annual Review Date: July 25, 2016 Copyright: © Copyright 2016 Health Grades, Inc. All rights reserved. May not be reproduced or reprinted without permission from Health Grades, Inc. Use of this information is governed by the Healthgrades User Agreement.

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