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Symptoms and Diagnosis of Psoriasis

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Psoriasis has specific symptoms that allow physicians to diagnose most cases during a simple clinical examination -- even without further testing. Other cases, however, can be a little trickier.
  1. Psoriasis Basics
  2. Do You Have Psoriasis?
  3. Diagnosis of Psoriasis

Psoriasis Basics

If you suspect you have psoriasis, or were just diagnosed it, here's a primer.

Do You Have Psoriasis?

A few classic features -- red and scaly rashes, nail pitting, joint pain -- make psoriasis easier to identify. The nature and location of the rash often give the condition away. Who may eventually develop these symptoms, however, is not a simple question to answer.

Diagnosis of Psoriasis

While doctors can quickly spot psoriasis in some patients, testing is sometimes needed to rule out other similar rash-producing conditions, such as eczema. After a diagnosis is made, the next step is determining just how severe your case is, so that the best treatment can be selected.

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