Managing Treatment

Talk to your doctor

A good relationship with your dermatologist is an important part of treating your severe plaque psoriasis. One way to build that relationship is to help your dermatologist understand your symptoms and how plaque psoriasis affects you. When your doctor knows how you are feeling, he or she can decide what treatment is best for you.

By being open and honest with your doctor, you give yourself the best chance of benefiting from your treatment. For example, tell your doctor about your plaque psoriasis symptoms or skin symptoms or how your psoriasis is affecting you. Mention the treatments you have tried, how long you've taken them, and the results you've had. Writing out your questions in advance will help you have a more focused conversation.

Questions for your dermatologist

Below are some questions you may want to ask during your next visit:

  • What is my diagnosis?
  • Psoriasis runs in my family. Am I more at risk of developing it?
  • Am I a candidate for biologic therapy?
  • How and when might this treatment make me feel better?
  • What are the benefits and potential side effects of treatment?
  • What should I do if I experience side effects?
  • What other things should I consider?

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