Diagnosis

ChartWhile psoriasis commonly affects knees and elbows, it can show up anywhere, including your scalp and nails. A simple physical exam will help your dermatologist determine the severity of your psoriasis. She may rate your case from “mild” to “moderate” to “severe” by looking at the following factors:

  • Size—i.e., how much of your body is affected: Less than 3% is mild, 3% to 10% is moderate and more than 10% is severe.
  • Resistance to treatment: Mild cases of psoriasis may respond well to medicated lotions applied to the skin. More serious psoriasis (no matter the size) may require stronger solutions.
  • How you feel: While some people consider psoriasis a mere nuisance, others may feel at its mercy, with even small patches dealing a blow to their confidence. If having psoriasis is a significant worry in your life, tell your dermatologist so that he can take this into consideration when making treatment decisions.
Next - Your Healthcare Team
Published August 2011

Basics
Overview
Causes & Risk Factors
Symptoms
Diagnosis
Your Healthcare Team
Questions to Ask
    Your Doctor

Quiz: How Severe
    is Your Psoriasis?


Treatments
Never Tried a Biologic?
What Your Dermatologist
    Needs to Know

Topical Treatments
Phototherapy Treatments

Body-Wide Medications
When Your Treatment is Denied
    by Your Insurance Company


Features
Look Your Best With Psoriasis!
Feel Your Best With Psoriasis
Your Answer to Smoother, Clearer Skin—Found!
Take Charge of Your Psoriasis and Protect
    Your Whole Body!

Try These Simple Skin-Care Tips
Quiz: Test Your Psoriasis Smarts
Simple Ways to Better Your Life
Ask the Experts: Dating Tips and More
Let Summer Soothe Your Psoriasis
Lifestyle Adjustments to Help Ease Psoriasis

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