How is psoriasis diagnosed?
Being given a formal diagnosis is important. There are other skin conditions that can be mistaken for psoriasis. Your doctor can make a diagnosis and then help you treat the condition with the right medicines, etc. You and your general practitioner should also discuss the possibility of being referred to a dermatologist for specialist care.
Your doctor will discuss your medical history and conduct a physical examination, focusing on your skin, nails and scalp. Your doctor will also work out how much of your body is covered in the plaques.
It is possible that you will be referred to a dermatologist or rheumatologist for specialised care and possible further tests.
Psoriasis tends to have periods when it flares up and you will experience more symptoms while at other times it may seem to be dormant and hence you will notice fewer symptoms. Unfortunately psoriasis does not go away completely and there is no cure available. You can read more on this in the Living with psoriasis section.
Psoriasis can affect people in different ways. The severity and extent varies from person to person and can fluctuate a lot or just a little over time. Learning to cope with your condition can also mean learning how to better manage other people's reaction to it.