Preparing to see your dermatologist
Meeting with your dermatologist—especially if it’s your first time—is a crucial step on your journey to living well with psoriasis. To make the most of it, make sure you are prepared.
Be ready to answer questions and provide lots of information about your health history.
You should be prepared to discuss:
- All of the treatments you’ve tried in the past for your psoriasis, if any. (Aside from knowing their names, you should know how long you took them and how well each improved your psoriasis, whether good or bad. Consider taking a picture of each treatment you’ve been on to refer to during your appointment, or if you have any leftover medication bring it with you)
- A list of treatment goals, or where you would like to be with your psoriasis
- Any concerns you have about your condition or treatment
- Details about how psoriasis affects you (including a list of your symptoms and triggers, how your psoriasis affects you emotionally and socially, how it affects your daily life, pictures of your skin during flares, etc.)
- Your usual activities
- Any other medicines you are taking, including those you bought without a prescription, supplements, “natural” medicines
You should also be ready with questions of your own, so you can get all the answers you need during your limited time together.
This is especially important if your dermatologist suggests a treatment for you. For example, you may want to ask:
- How does it work?
- How is it taken?
- Are there any side effects?
- How long does it usually take to see results?
- Is it a short- or long-term treatment?
- Can I safely take this medication?
- How long will I be on this medication before we reassess?
- When will you see me next?
Finally, to help make the most of your time together, you may want to fill out this questionnaire in advance and bring it with you to your appointment: