Psoriasis usually begins in early adulthood or later in life. In most people, the rash is limited to a few areas of skin. In severe cases, it can cover large areas of the body. The rash can heal and come back throughout a person's life.
Psoriasis can be controlled in varying ways. We can discuss treatments, therapies and lifestyle changes to help you get your psoriasis under control.
To diagnose psoriasis:
We examine a patient’s skin, nails, and scalp for signs of psoriasis.
Ask whether family members have psoriasis.
Learn about what has been happening in the patient’s life. A dermatologist may want to know whether a patient has been under a lot of stress, had a recent illness, or just started taking a medicine.
On some occasions we may need to remove a bit of skin, called confirming the diagnosis. By looking at the removed skin under a microscope, we can confirm whether a person has psoriasis and furthermore, determine a best treatment option.