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Tests to Diagnose Psoriasis

In most cases, your primary care doctor or dermatologist will be able to diagnose psoriasis by examining your skin. However, since psoriasis can look like eczema and other skin diseases, diagnosing it can sometimes be difficult.

If your doctor isn't sure whether you have psoriasis, he or she may order a biopsy. Your doctor will remove a small sample of your skin and have it looked at under a microscope.

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Ways to Ease Pain During a Psoriasis Flare

When you’ve got psoriasis pain, you want relief. There are several things you can do to help ease it and soothe your skin. First, if your skin is cracked and bleeding, see your doctor right away, says dermatologist Colby Evans, MD, chairman-elect of the board of trustees of the National Psoriasis Foundation. “Not only can these cracks lead to a lot of pain, they can also invite infection that can make the situation worse,” he says. “Creams and lotions can often sting in this situation, so your...

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If you have symptoms of psoriatic arthritis, such as swollen and painful joints, your doctor might run blood tests and take X-rays to rule out other forms of arthritis.

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Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner, MD on June 05, 2015

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