Unless you are someone who always manages to keep their wits about them, your first visit to your Psoriasis doctor was most likely, not very fruitful. When the diagnosis is handed out to you, it can rattle you, leaving your mind numb. By the time you finally come to terms with what has happened, you would most likely have left your doctor’s clinic. You have a dozen questions to ask, but at that time, you could just manage to say, “What”!?
So the next time you visit your Psoriasis doctor, here is a list of 5 questions that you can ask:
- What is the severity of my Psoriasis?
Depending on the extent of your Psoriatic patches, how bad each patch is, and the location of the patches, your doctor will tell you if your Psoriasis is mild, moderate or severe.
This is important to know what you can expect from the treatment.
- Do you expect an increase in my symptoms if I stop my current medicines?
Many patients are on immunosuppressant medications and are unaware about it. Patients who have taken immune suppressant medications in the last six months are likely to experience an increase in the disease after stopping these medications, as per Dr Rajesh Shah’s experience. Ask your Psoriasis doctor if the medications you are taking are immune-suppressant.
- What can I do for my skin itching?
Ask your doctor what can safely be applied to your skin lesions to help with the itching. Natural moisturizers like olive oil, coconut oil, aloe vera gel and petroleum jelly may be applied whenever you experience itching.
- Are there any other conditions that I should be aware of?
Psoriasis can affect your joints in a condition that is called Psoriatic Arthritis. Many patients are not aware that their joint pains may be related to their skin condition. Discuss with your doctor to know if your joint troubles are associated with your Psoriasis. Affection of nails is another aspect that you should keep a watch on.
- What precautions can I take?
Discuss all the medications that you are taking for any other condition, however unrelated it may seem to you. Stress, Certain medications like beta blockers and lithium, Foods like alcohol, high fat diet, red meat, caffeine are known to trigger Psoriasis in some patients. Ask your doctor if there are any lifestyle changes that may benefit your Psoriasis.
If you have any other queries about your Psoriasis, doctors at Lifeforce Homoeopathy can help you answer them. Ask us how Dr Rajesh Shah’s research based homoeopathic medicines can help treat your Psoriasis.