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How to Diagnose Psoriasis

Tuesday, 14 Jun 2011 09:37 AM

Psoriasis is a chronic skin disorder which needs timely diagnosis and management. However, it might be difficult to diagnose psoriasis early, as psoriasis symptoms resemble certain other skin conditions like fungal infection or allergic rash.

Nevertheless, you must reach your doctor or dermatologist as soon as you notice the onset of psoriasis symptoms.

A careful medical history and a physical examination are required before conducting a psoriasis test. This helps to eliminate the possibility of a misdiagnosis. Psoriasis can manifest in a variety of forms. These include pustular, plaque, inverse, guttate, and erythrodermic forms.

Although there is no special blood test to diagnose psoriasis, your dermatologist will be able to identify the psoriasis signs and symptoms. To confirm psoriasis diagnosis, your dermatologist may consult a pathologist to conduct a skin biopsy of the lesion.

Microscopic examination of skin biopsy confirms psoriasis symptoms. If the biopsy results show clubbed rete pegs, then a psoriasis diagnosis is confirmed. Additionally, upon removing skin plaques caused by psoriasis, pin point bleeding from the skin is observed. Serum Uric Acid may be elevated in chronic cases. HLA antigens are also present in early onset of psoriasis.

In cases where sudden onset of psoriasis signs and symptoms occur, an individual may be screened for Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV).

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