Talk with Your Doctor About
It is important to find a doctor who focuses on treating patients with
psoriasis and to have a thorough discussion about your symptoms and treatment
options. Family doctors and primary care physicians may not be trained
specifically to treat plaque psoriasis, and even some dermatologists may not
regularly treat plaque psoriasis.
A dermatologist treats a wide range of skin conditions. That's why it is
important to find a dermatologist who focuses on treating patients with plaque
psoriasis. Before you make an appointment, you may want to ask whether the doctor regularly treats patients with plaque psoriasis and if he or she:
- Treats psoriasis as a disease of the immune system, not just a skin disease
- Realizes that psoriasis can have an impact on your day-to-day routine
- Believes the discomfort from itching and flaking patches of plaques can be managed
Get an accurate diagnosis
Make sure you get a thorough examination. In order to diagnose your condition accurately, your dermatologist will take your medical history and conduct a physical examination, including a detailed examination of your skin.
An accurate diagnosis is a key first step in determining whether you have moderate to severe plaque psoriasis, are a candidate for systemic therapy or phototherapy, and exploring whether ENBREL may be right for you. If you ever experience joint pain, swelling, and morning stiffness in addition to your psoriasis symptoms, tell your doctor about these symptoms. It may be psoriatic arthritis. Learn more about psoriatic arthritis.
Take an active role
Taking an active role in your health care is important. It's best to ask questions
if your doctor's answers or instructions are unclear. Bring up concerns even if your
doctor doesn't ask.
It's important to talk to your doctor about how plaque psoriasis makes you feel—on the inside as well as the outside. The next time you visit with your doctor, make sure you share examples of how psoriasis affects you in social situations and at home.
- Does your plaque psoriasis interfere with your everyday activities?
- Does plaque psoriasis make social situations more difficult?
- Does your plaque psoriasis make you feel self-conscious or withdrawn?
- Are you satisfied with the results from your current treatment?
Asking questions about your plaque psoriasis and potential treatments will help with your treatment plan. We have created a list of questions to take with you to your dermatologist to discuss your plaque psoriasis and the possible treatments.
Please see Prescribing Information, Important Safety Information, and Medication Guide for complete details about ENBREL.