Top tips to track the impact of your treatment
You should discuss your psoriasis treatment options with your doctor and together, agree the best approach for you. Ask them how much you need to use, what to expect and how long it is likely to be before you should see a change in your psoriasis.1,2
It can take a few weeks or months before you start to see the effects of some psoriasis treatments.3,4 You may mistakenly think this means your treatment isn't working and stop using it. However, it is important you use the right dose and keep using your treatment as your doctor has recommended.5 These tips will help you to keep track of your progress and ensure that you give your treatment plan the best chance of working:
Make another appointment
Your doctor should arrange review appointments to see how your treatment has been working.5 You can always arrange more appointments though, if you want to see your doctor or talk to them about your treatment.
Keep a diary
Keeping a diary can help you keep on track with your psoriasis treatment. Take note of what your day was like, how you were feeling, what you ate and whether you noticed any flare-ups. This can help you identify triggers for your condition and provide useful information to discuss with your doctor.6
Carefully tracking your progress can help you understand how your treatment is working for you6
Take 'before' photos
To allow you to see the impact your treatment is having on your psoriasis, take a photo of your plaques before starting a new treatment. Take more photos after a few weeks and months. This will help you to keep track of the effects of your treatment.7
During your appointment your doctor should make sure you understand everything you need to know and give you time to ask all the questions you want.1,2 After your appointment, it helps to keep up-to-date with information about psoriasis, new treatments and ways to manage it,8 as well as tips and advice that may help you and keep you feeling positive. Your doctor should tell you where you can find reliable and high-quality information.1,2
Using these techniques to keep track of your progress can help you understand how your treatment is working for you. They may also help you to flag up any concerns that you may have with your doctor. This way you can ensure you get the best treatment for you.
This content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your doctor or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read on this website.
UK/IE MAT-27177 Date of prep: July 2019
- NICE guidance. Experiencing good NHS care: what you can expect. 2012.
- NICE guidance. Patient experience in adult NHS services: improving the experience of care for people using adult NHS services. 2012.
- www.nhs.uk/conditions/psoriasis/treatment/ (accessed July 2019).
- www.psoriasis.org/about-psoriasis/treatments/systemics/soriatane (accessed July 2019).
- NICE guidance. Psoriasis assessment and management. 2012.
- www.everydayhealth.com/psoriasis/treatment/tracking-psoriasis-symptoms (accessed July 2019).
- www.sharecare.com/health/psoriasis-skin/article/tracking-your-psoriasis-triggers (accessed July 2019).
- www.psoriasis.org/about-psoriasis/treatments (accessed July 2019).