Psoriasis patient information
We provide help and support on different aspects of treatment for patients who have been referred to our psoriasis service.
Before your appointment
Please bring along any medications, creams or topical treatments you are currently using on the skin. Please also remember to check your appointment letter for anything specific you have been asked to take with you. In addition, it would be helpful if you could bring the following:
- Your full address and telephone number(s)
- Your appointment card and appointment letter
- Your GP’s name and address
- Money to pay for any prescriptions, or an exemption card
- A list of questions you may want to ask your consultant
During your appointment
Your appointment will include an examination. Psoriasis is usually easy to recognise and skin biopsies are rarely needed. If a sore throat has triggered an attack of psoriasis, your doctor may take a swab from your throat to see if a bacteria known as beta-haemolytic streptococci is present.
Please note: Medical students may be present for some appointments. If you do not wish to have them in the room please let the nurse or doctor know and the students will be asked to step outside.
After your appointment
Following your examination, the doctor will agree a course of suitable treatment based upon a number of factors including the severity of your psoriasis, the effectiveness of previous treatments and your medical history.
Treatments may include creams and ointments; phototherapy; oral medicines; and injected biological treatments.
Most patients will be invited to return to the general dermatology clinic on a routine basis so their condition can be monitored and the course of treatment can be reviewed by a dermatologist.
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