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How is plaque psoriasis diagnosed?

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A dermatologist (skin doctor) can usually tell if you have plaque psoriasis just by talking with you about your medical history and looking at your skin. In some cases, he or she may need to do a biopsy to know for sure. Your doctor will take a tiny sample of your skin and look at the cells under a microscope.

From: What Is Plaque Psoriasis? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Academy of Dermatology: "Psoriasis."

Medscape: "FDA OKs Biologic Guselkumab (Tremfya) for Plaque Psoriasis." "Plaque Psoriasis."

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: "Psoriasis."

National Psoriasis Foundation.

UpToDate: "Treatment of psoriasis."

Weigle, N., May 2013. American Family Physician,

 

Reviewed by Debra Jaliman on June 25, 2019

SOURCES:

American Academy of Dermatology: "Psoriasis."

Medscape: "FDA OKs Biologic Guselkumab (Tremfya) for Plaque Psoriasis." "Plaque Psoriasis."

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: "Psoriasis."

National Psoriasis Foundation.

UpToDate: "Treatment of psoriasis."

Weigle, N., May 2013. American Family Physician,

 

Reviewed by Debra Jaliman on June 25, 2019

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