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Moderate or Severe Psoriasis Doctor Discussion Guide

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Living with psoriasis means facing unique challenges that go far beyond a few patches of itchy, dry skin. An estimated7.5 million Americans now live with psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis. Healthcare professionals are becoming more aware of the need for a good treatment plan.

Speak openly with your doctor about your specific challenges. Use this guide to discuss your psoriasis treatment with them. Sharing your needs can help you and your doctor fine-tune your psoriasis management and find what works best for you.

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What type of psoriasis?

There are several types of psoriasis. No type of psoriasis is contagious. Most people will only have one type of psoriasis at a time, but you may get another type after one has cleared. Knowing which type you have—and which types you may develop—can help you expect what's next and how best to treat it. Ask your doctor about the different types of psoriasis and how they may affect you.

Plaque psoriasis

This is the most common type of psoriasis. It causes red, raised patches on your skin. These patches are covered by a whitish scaly buildup of dead skin cells. Plaque psoriasis is usually located on the knees, lower back, scalp, and elbows.

Guttate psoriasis

This is the second most common type of psoriasis. It causes tiny but distinct red spots on your skin.

Read more in Psoriasis Resources

American Academy of Dermatology. (n.d.). Psoriasis. Retrieved fromhttps://www.aad.org/media/stats/conditions/psoriasis 

Guenther, L. C. (2011). Combination Therapy of Biologics With Traditional Agents in Psoriasis. Retrieved fromhttp://www.skintherapyletter.com/download/stl_16_6.pdf

Kurd, S. K., Troxel, A. B., Crits-Christoph, P., & Gelfand, J. M. (2010, August). The risk of depression, anxiety, and suicidality in patients with psoriasis: a population-based cohort study. Archives of Dermatology, 146(8), 891-895. Retrieved from http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2928071/

National Psoriasis Foundation. (n.d.). Psoriasis. Retrieved November 16, 2014 from http://www.psoriasis.org/psoriasis

National Psoriasis Foundation. (n.d.). Depression. Retrieved November 16, 2014 from http://www.psoriasis.org/life-with-psoriasis/depression

National Psoriasis Foundation. (n.d.). Comorbidities associated with psoriatic disease. Retrieved fromhttp://www.psoriasis.org/about-psoriasis/related-conditions

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