In most cases, a psoriasis diagnosis is rather straightforward. Your doctor will perform a physical examination of your skin, scalp, and nails, and also take your medical history. If you have a family member with psoriasis, it’s important to share that with your doctor.
In rare cases, a psoriasis diagnosis may require a biopsy, where your doctor takes a small sample of skin to examine under a microscope so he or she can determine the exact type of psoriasis and rule out other disease possibilties.
Speak with a Dermatologist
Once you have a psoriasis diagnosis, it's important that you see a dermatologist. A dermatologist is a doctor who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of skin diseases like psoriasis and can answer questions and offer insights on living with psoriasis.
When speaking with your dermatologist, it's important to have an honest dialogue. Your dermatologist should understand the full impact psoriasis has on your life, both physically and emotionally.
Topics to discuss with your dermatologist include:
- Changes in your symptoms since your last appointment
- How psoriasis affects the way you choose to dress
- How often your psoriasis flares up
- How your current treatment is going
- Stress or embarrassment caused by psoriasis
- Any joint pain you may have
- Other medical conditions
- All medications you are taking, including over-the-counter and herbal products
If you are not currently under the care of a dermatologist, you can use the Derm Finder below to find a dermatologist in your area.
Find a Dermatologist
As physicians who specialize in treating conditions of the skin, dermatologists are uniquely qualified to treat psoriasis.
If you are not currently under the care of a dermatologist, use our Derm Finder below to find a dermatologist near you.
Find a Dermatologist
To locate a dermatologist near you who specializes in treating psoriasis, simply enter your address or ZIP code below. To broaden your search, enter your ZIP code only.
Please note: While we update our specialist directory regularly, this list may not have the latest provider information. The results shown may not reflect all of the dermatologists in your area. Abbott has compiled a list of specialists in this directory.