For the diagnosis and treatment of psoriasis, your doctor might recommend that you see a dermatologist. A dermatologist is a medical specialist with extensive training in diagnosing and treating skin, nail, and hair conditions. You may also request a referral from your doctor to see a dermatologist who specializes in psoriasis.
Doctors diagnose psoriasis based on its symptoms. There are no specific diagnostic tests or procedures for psoriasis. If you or your doctor suspects psoriasis, your doctor's diagnosis will likely include a:
Rarely, a skin biopsy (removal and examination of a small piece of skin) may be done to rule out other conditions that can cause similar symptoms.
To learn more about psoriasis severity, use the Psoriasis Severity Calculator.
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