Questions about your psoriasis
Your doctor's visit is your opportunity to ask any psoriasis-related questions that may be on your mind. You may want to write down your questions ahead of time and bring a pen and paper to take notes. Or, you could bring a friend to take notes for you.
- How could psoriasis affect my life and what complications may I develop?
- What treatment options are available? Which option would be most appropriate for me?
- Are there other things I can do (such as lifestyle modifications like diet and exercise) to help ease my symptoms and prevent flare-ups?
- When should I come back for my next checkup? Are there any warning signs that mean I should contact medical help or come back sooner?
- What support groups and services are available in my area?
These are just a few of the many questions you may want to ask your doctor about psoriasis. Feel free to talk to your doctor about any questions you may have.
Questions about your psoriasis medications
If you're taking psoriasis medications, here are some questions you may want to ask your doctor or pharmacist:
- What is the medication called and how does it work?
- How do I use the medication?
- When can I expect to see an improvement, and what should I do if there is no improvement in that time?
- What side effects should I watch for and what should I do about them?
- Should I stop taking the medication if my symptoms improve? Or should I slowly ease off the medication? Should I check with the doctor or pharmacist first?
- How long will I need to continue taking my medication?
- What should I do if I miss a dose?
- Are there any groups of people who should avoid this medication (e.g., those who are pregnant, breast-feeding, or have certain health conditions)?
- Are there certain foods, drinks, or other medications I should avoid while I'm using this medication?
- How should I store this medication?