Treating psoriasis

Treating psoriasis

What are your treatment goals?

What you want to achieve from psoriasis treatment is very important. Maybe you want to see a change in the number or intensity of plaques. Perhaps you want to wear a certain type of clothing. An easy-to-use therapy may be a decisive factor for you. Becoming more comfortable with the fact that you have a chronic condition that some people may notice may be key. Whatever your treatment goals are, be sure to share them with your doctor, so that together you can work towards the best outcome for you.

 

Setting treatment goals

Here are some possible goals of treatment.

  • To reduce the proportion of my skin with plaques by at least half.

  • To have a consistent response to treatment.

  • To have as few side effects as possible.

  • To be able to go swimming without feeling embarrassed.

  • To have treatment interfere with my life as little as possible.

Take some time to decide what is important to you, then write down your treatment goals.

 

Questions to ask your doctor about your psoriasis treatment

  • Why are you recommending this particular treatment?

  • What sort of response might I expect?

  • What sort of side effects might occur?

  • What are my options if this treatment doesn’t work?

  • What are the costs associated with this treatment?

  • How much time will this treatment take out of my day?

 

Questions to ask yourself about your psoriasis treatment

You should regularly do your own assessment of your psoriasis treatment regimen.

Ask:

  • Is my current treatment helping my symptoms enough?

  • Have I thoroughly discussed my symptoms and response to treatment with my doctor?

  • Have I explored all treatment options with my doctor recently?

Whatever your treatment goals are, be sure to share them with your doctor, so that together you can work towards the best outcome for you.

This educational resource is not intended to replace discussions with your healthcare team. If you have any questions about your condition or treatment, please contact your doctor.