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How does your doctor choose your psoriasis treatment?

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Each person with psoriasis is different. That’s why your doctor will use a few factors to decide which treatment to try:

Your doctor may use the Koo-Menter Psoriasis Instrument to help decide on a treatment. This one-page tool asks questions to find out how much psoriasis affects your life. The doctor can use your answers to determine whether you need a skin cream, light therapy, or a drug that works throughout your body.

  • The type of psoriasis you have
  • How much of your skin is covered
  • How big of an impact psoriasis has on your life
  • Your health

From: Solutions for Mild Psoriasis WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Jenny Murase, MD, assistant clinical professor at the University of California, San Francisco.

Bhosle, M. , June 2006. Health and Quality of Life Outcomes

American Academy of Dermatology: "Psoriasis Treatment," and "Psoriasis Treatment: Medicine Applied to the Skin."

National Psoriasis Foundation.

Reviewed by Debra Jaliman on October 10, 2017

SOURCES:

Jenny Murase, MD, assistant clinical professor at the University of California, San Francisco.

Bhosle, M. , June 2006. Health and Quality of Life Outcomes

American Academy of Dermatology: "Psoriasis Treatment," and "Psoriasis Treatment: Medicine Applied to the Skin."

National Psoriasis Foundation.

Reviewed by Debra Jaliman on October 10, 2017

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