Psoriasis is associated with red patches on the arm that are covered with scaly skin. As T-cells malfunction in the body, killing normal cells in addition to viruses and bacteria, new skin cells are produced in excess, move to the surface of the skin much faster and the dead skin cells are not shed quick enough, leading to the buildup of dead skin cells associated with psoriasis. Fortunately, there are treatments that may provide relief from the symptoms of psoriasis, although there is no cure for the disease. Before an appointment with a physician or skincare professional to discuss the condition, take some time to prepare yourself so that you get the most out of the opportunity to ask questions and learn about your condition.
Understand PsoriasisTake a few minutes to research psoriasis and how it relates to the immune system. This will eliminate the need to have the skincare professional explain the process in detail and will allow you to ask more specific questions about psoriasis that you may not have understood on your own. SkinCareGuide.com offers further information about the cause of psoriasis and its relationship with the immune system.
Write Down Your QuestionsYou may go into your appointment with a list of questions in your head, but in the course of your appointment may become side tracked and forget to ask one or two that you really wanted an answer to. Write down any questions you have before your appointment so that you don't forget to ask any of them. Some common questions include:
• What is causing my symptoms?
• Is there anything I can do to reduce or eliminate my symptoms?
• Are there alternatives to your recommended treatment?
• Should I take a 'wait and see' approach?
• Will psoriasis ever go away?