Talk to Your Doctor

1. Prepare for Your Visit

In order for you to get the most appropriate treatment for your condition, it is helpful to give your general physician or dermatologist the most reliable information possible. It is also important for you to understand your condition and to know what to expect from the treatment you will get. Below, you will find suggestions about the information you should gather, as well as a list of important questions to ask your health care professional. Don’t forget that you must first get a referral from a general physician if you want to consult with a dermatologist.

2. Before Your Visit

  • Write down the symptoms you’ve been having. You should also think about the ways these symptoms are impacting your daily life
  • What are you doing differently now that you have these symptoms?
  • Are you wearing different clothes or avoiding going to social gatherings because of your symptoms?
  • Be sure to bring a pen and paper so you can take down what the doctor says
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Questions for your doctor

  • Are there things I should do or avoid to help the symptoms I’m having?

  • Should I notify you if my symptoms change?

  • What could be causing my symptoms?

  • What is the most important thing (or few things) I should know about this condition?

  • How can I easily explain to people what psoriasis is?

  • Do you recommend any alternative therapies?

Questions about your treatment

  • What are my treatment options?

  • What should I expect from this treatment?

  • What are any potential side effects? What are “normal” side effects and what are side effects that I should be sure to notify you about?

  • How quickly will I see results?

  • What if this treatment isn’t enough?

  • Are there things I should do (or avoid) that would maximize the impact or efficacy of the treatment?

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