Preparing for your appointment

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

Make a list of the following:

  • Symptoms you're experiencing, including any that may seem unrelated to the reason for which you scheduled the appointment
  • All medications, vitamins, herbs you take, including doses
  • 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?

What to expect from your doctor

Your doctor is likely to ask you several questions, such as:

  • 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?