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How will doctors diagnose psoriasis?

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Your primary care doctor or dermatologist might be able to diagnose psoriasis by examining your skin. But psoriasis can look like eczema and other skin diseases, so diagnosing it can sometimes be hard.

If your doctor isn't sure, he may take a small sample of your skin and have it looked at under a microscope.

From: Tests to Diagnose Psoriasis WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:  Bruce E. Strober, MD, PhD. associate director of Dermatopharmacology, Department of Dermatology, New York University School of Medicine; co-director of the Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis Center; consultant for Amgen, Biogen, Genentech, Fujisawa, and 3-M. Jeffrey M. Weinberg, MD, director of the Clinical Research Center, St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center, New York City; assistant clinical professor of dermatology, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons; consultant for Amgen and Genentech. National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases web site. American Academy of Dermatology web site. WebMD Medical Reference with Healthwise: "Psoriasis." American Academy of Dermatology, PsoriasisNet web site. web site. Abel, E. "Dermatology III: Psoriaisis," ACP Medicine, April, 2005.
National Psoriasis Foundation

Reviewed by Debra Jaliman on October 10, 2017

SOURCES:  Bruce E. Strober, MD, PhD. associate director of Dermatopharmacology, Department of Dermatology, New York University School of Medicine; co-director of the Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis Center; consultant for Amgen, Biogen, Genentech, Fujisawa, and 3-M. Jeffrey M. Weinberg, MD, director of the Clinical Research Center, St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center, New York City; assistant clinical professor of dermatology, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons; consultant for Amgen and Genentech. National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases web site. American Academy of Dermatology web site. WebMD Medical Reference with Healthwise: "Psoriasis." American Academy of Dermatology, PsoriasisNet web site. web site. Abel, E. "Dermatology III: Psoriaisis," ACP Medicine, April, 2005.
National Psoriasis Foundation

Reviewed by Debra Jaliman on October 10, 2017

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