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Talking to Your Doctor About Psoriasis
- Bring someone else with you. It helps to have another person hear what is said and think of questions to ask.
- Write out your questions ahead of time, so you don't forget them.
- Write down the answers you get, and make sure you understand what you are hearing. Ask for clarification, if necessary.
- Don't be afraid to ask your questions or ask where you can find more information about what you are discussing. You have a right to know.
- Based on my medical history and family background, am I at risk for psoriasis?
- Do any of the medications I currently use put me at risk for developing or worsening psoriasis?
- Am I at risk of other conditions because of my psoriasis?
- What is the best treatment for my type of psoriasis?
- What medications are available to help me?
- What are the benefits/side effects of these medications?
- Will these medications interact with other medications, over-the-counter products, or dietary or herbal supplements that I am already taking for other conditions?
- Is there any long-term health risk associated with my psoriasis medications?
- Are there any alternative or complementary therapies that will help me?
- According to the type of psoriasis I have and the medications I use, should I limit or increase my exposure to sunlight?
- Do certain foods affect psoriasis?
- How can I decrease my susceptibility to outbreaks of psoriasis?
- Will my psoriasis recur? If so, how often?
- Are there any new developments in psoriasis research that are relevant to my condition?
- Reviewer: Michael Woods, MD
- Review Date: 11/2015
- Update Date: 12/20/2014