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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 possibilities.
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:
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.
The first step in managing your psoriasis is finding the right dermatologist. Use our Derm Finder to find a dermatologist who treats psoriasis near you.
No, psoriasis is a disease of the immune system, and is not something you can catch.
Psoriasis affects men and women nearly equally.
Psoriasis can develop at any age, but symptoms first appear in most people between the ages from young adulthood to age 35.