Top tips to track the impact of your treatment
After you have discussed your treatment options with your doctor and agreed the best approach for you, ask them what to expect and how long it is likely to be before you should typically see a change to your psoriasis.
It can often take a few weeks before you start to see the effects of some psoriasis treatments. Unfortunately, some people may mistakenly think their treatment isn't working and so they stop using it as their doctor prescribed. 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
Ask your doctor for regular appointments to review how your treatment has been working and help you feel confident about the treatment benefits.
Keep a diary
Keeping a diary helps 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.
Carefully tracking your progress can help you understand how your treatment is working for you.
Take 'before' photos
To allow you to see the impact your treatment is having on your psoriasis, take a photo of your lesions/plaques before starting a new treatment and save it. After a few weeks take another photo, and after two months take another – this will allow you to keep track of the effects of your treatment and help you feel in control of your psoriasis.
After your consultation with your doctor, it helps to keep up-to-date with information about psoriasis, new treatments and ways to manage it, as well as tips and advice that may help you and keep you feeling positive.
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 so you can ensure that your treatment continues to work for you and help you manage your psoriasis more effectively.
UK/IE 2013b/00073, Date of prep: April 2015