You'll likely first see your family doctor or a general practitioner. In some cases, you may be referred directly to a specialist in skin diseases (dermatologist).
Here's some information to help you prepare for your appointment and to know what to expect from your doctor.
What you can do
- Write down any symptoms you're experiencing, including any that may seem unrelated to the reason for which you scheduled the appointment.
- Make a list of all medications — including vitamins, herbs and over-the-counter drugs — that you're taking, including dosages.
- Write down questions to ask your doctor.
For psoriasis, some basic questions you might ask your doctor include:
- What might be causing my signs and symptoms?
- Do I need diagnostic tests?
- What treatments are available, and which do you recommend for me?
- What types of side effects can I expect?
- Will the treatment you recommended cause a remission in my symptoms?
- How quickly can I expect results?
- What are the alternatives to the primary approach you're suggesting?
- I have other medical conditions. How can I manage these conditions together?
- What skin care routines and products do you recommend to improve my symptoms?
Don't hesitate to ask any other questions you have.
What to expect from your doctor
Your doctor is likely to ask you several questions, such as:
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- When did you begin having symptoms?
- How often do you have these symptoms?
- Have your symptoms been continuous or occasional?
- Does anything seem to improve your symptoms?
- What, if anything, appears to worsen your symptoms?
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