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10 Questions Your Dermatologist Wants You to Ask About Psoriasis

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The last time you saw your dermatologist for your psoriasis, were you satisfied by the information you got? If not, there's a chance you just weren't asking the right kinds of questions. But how are you supposed to know what to ask?

With that in mind, we asked Dr. Doris Day, a board certified dermatologist based in New York, what top questions she wishes psoriasis patients asked her during their appointments. Keep reading to find out what she had to say.   

1. How did I get psoriasis?

No one knows exactly what causes psoriasis, but it's a lifelong disorder known to also have a genetic component. What we do know is it's an autoimmune condition where the immune system is mistakenly triggered, which speeds up the growth cycle of skin cells.

A normal skin cell matures and sheds off the body's surface in 28 to 30 days, but a psoriatic skin cell takes only three to four days to mature and move to the surface. Instead of naturally maturing and shedding, the cells pile up and can form thick red plaques that are often itchy and unsightly.

Psoriasis can be limited to a few spots or can involve moderate to large areas of the skin. The severity of psoriasis can vary from person to person and in the same person from one time to another. Mild psoriasis is considered to involve less than 3 percent of the body's surface area. Moderate psoriasis typically involves 3 to 10 percent.

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