Talk to Your Doctor

Knowing how to talk to your doctor about psoriasis and your treatment experience isn’t always easy. But if you’re struggling with psoriasis symptoms and are not satisfied with your current treatment, it’s important to start a conversation with your doctor.

The tips and guides below will help you prepare for your conversation. These tools can provide important information about how psoriasis affects you and whether or not your current treatment is getting you where you want to be.

Family doctors often refer people like you to a dermatologist with experience treating psoriasis. If you don’t currently have a dermatologist and think you could benefit from seeing one, ask your family doctor for a referral.

Preparing for your next appointment

Your doctor can only help you find a way to manage your psoriasis if he or she understands your experience. By being prepared to provide the following details, you can help your doctor evaluate how you’re doing with your condition and current treatment:

  • Details about how psoriasis affects you and your daily activities
  • Treatments you’ve tried in the past for your psoriasis, including the name of each treatment, how long you took it, and your experience with it
  • Your treatment goals
  • Any concerns you have about your condition or current treatment
  • Any other medicines you are taking, including those you bought without a prescription, supplements and natural medicines

At your appointment, your doctor may suggest a new treatment. If this is the case, be sure to get as much information as possible about the treatment. For example, you may want to find out:

  • How the medication works
  • How long it usually takes to see results
  • How it’s taken
  • The potential side effects
  • How long you need to take the medication before your doctor can evaluate if it’s right for you
  • The date of your next appointment

If you need help setting treatment goals, use the My Psoriasis Goals Worksheet This will open in a new window .

Using your Discussion Guide

This discussion guide is specifically designed to provide your doctor with details about your symptoms, how they affect you, and what you want from treatment. It can help you get an important conversation started about your psoriasis treatment goals and a plan for how to reach them.

Be sure to complete the Discussion Guide This will open in a new window and share it with your doctor at your next appointment.

Remember, only your family doctor or dermatologist can help you find a psoriasis treatment that works for you. If you don’t have a dermatologist, ask your family doctor for a referral. There are many dermatologists who choose to make psoriasis one of their specialties.