If you've recently been diagnosed with psoriasis and/or psoriatic arthritis, you probably have a lot of questions and concerns about treatment and day-to-day care. Working with your health care provider and learning all you can about your disease and treatment options can help improve your health and lessen the feeling of being overwhelmed by the diagnosis.
You are not alone. The National Psoriasis Foundation is here to help provide you with the information and resources you need. Take the following steps to help learn more about psoriasis and/or psoriatic arthritis, and to be an active participant in your overall care.
Step 1: Be informed
Learn about psoriasis
Learn more about what is psoriasis, what triggers psoriasis, severity, different types and specific locations. About psoriasis »
Learn about psoriatic arthritis
Learn more about what is psoriatic arthritis, who gets it, the different types and specific locations, and healthy living tips to limit progressive joint damage. Get started »
Understand your treatment options
Educated patients have the highest success rate with their treatments. Learn more about how to treat psoriasis and/or psoriatic arthritis:
Step 2: Be an active partner in your health care
Take charge of your health care
Learn how to live with psoriasis and/or psoriatic arthritis as a chronic health condition and what your rights are as a patient. It's here to stay but you don't have to let it defeat you.
Build your health care team
Find out who's important to have on your psoriasis health care team, how to find a psoriasis and/or psoriatic arthritis health care provider, and how to prepare for your visit.
Step 3: Ask for help—it's OK
You can receive the latest news in research, treatment and healthy living tips by signing up for e-newsletters, webcasts or by becoming a member to receive our nationally recognized quarterly publication Psoriasis Advance. These resources offer you the most current information to help you live well with psoriasis and/or psoriatic arthritis.
Step 4: Get involved and make a difference
Become an advocate and help shape laws that affect people with psoriatic diseases, volunteer locally, or help support research for a cure through Walk to Cure Psoriasis. Check our community calendar for events near you.