PSORIASIS DIAGNOSIS

If you’re nervous about getting checked for psoriasis, rest assured—diagnosis is usually a straightforward process. Here’s what you can expect going into your appointment:

  • Your doctor will perform a visual examination of your skin, scalp, and nails.
  • Additional tests, such as a skin biopsy, are rarely required.
  • You’ll be asked about your medical history, so mention if you have a family member with psoriasis.
  • You’ll also be asked to explain any factors that trigger your symptoms, such as changes in diet or stress. This can be also be helpful in diagnosing your psoriasis.
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Once you’re properly diagnosed, you and your doctor can start working together to develop a plan for managing your psoriasis

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DIG DEEPER: Explain any and all symptoms, and where they’re located—even if it’s a sensitive area. Giving your doctor the whole story will help you manage and treat your psoriasis.

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