WHAT IS PLAQUE PSORIASIS?

Plaque psoriasis is caused by an overactive immune system, and appears as flaky, red, or white scaly patches on your skin. No one knows how to cure it yet, but there are several treatment options that may help control it. Talk with your dermatologist to see which treatment option may be right for you.

WHAT ARE THE CAUSES OF PLAQUE PSORIASIS?

The exact cause of plaque psoriasis is unknown. However, we do know that the immune system, environmental factors, and family history can all play a role. The immune system speeds up, which causes inflammation and a large number of skin cells to grow. Instead of falling off (shedding), the cells pile up on the surface of the skin, forming the psoriasis plaques.

WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF PLAQUE PSORIASIS?

Plaque psoriasis appears as raised, red patches covered with a silvery white buildup of dead skin cells, or scales. These patches or plaques most often appear on the scalp, knees, elbows, and lower back. Plaque psoriasis can look and feel different for different people, depending on its severity. But here are some common symptoms of plaque psoriasis that you may notice on your skin:

If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, now’s the time to let your doctor know.

TIPS & TRICKS: SEIZE THE “HOW ARE YOU?” MOMENT WITH YOUR DOCTOR

The first question most doctors ask when you see them is “How are you?” It’s important to have a response prepared, so you can start off with a clear focus.

Having a response ready will increase your chances of achieving the goals of your visit. Be ready to share the following with your doctor as soon as you can during your visit:

  • Describe the change in your plaque psoriasis (Is it spreading? Is it getting worse?)
  • Emphasize the extent of coverage (Let the doctor know exactly where your plaque psoriasis is.)
  • Discuss the impact plaque psoriasis has on you

START A CONFIDENT CONVERSATION WITH YOUR DOCTOR

Speaking up for yourself can be hard. That’s why we want to help you have a bolder, clearer conversation with your doctor.

TELL IT LIKE IT IS

Tell It Like It Is: Your Confident Conversation starts here

You can download a general DOCTOR DISCUSSION GUIDE by clicking the button below.

Or for a custom DOCTOR DISCUSSION GUIDE, answer the series of questions below. We’ll use your responses to make personalized talking points for your next dermatologist appointment.

Question1

Of all the symptoms of moderate to severe plaque psoriasis, the 
__________ of the plaques irritate/s me the most.

Select as many that apply to fill in the blanks. You can skip any question you want with “Next”:

Question2

And I have completely new plaques on _______________.

Select as many that apply to fill in the blanks. You can skip any question you want with “Next”:

Question3

The plaques have __________ over time.

Select as many that apply to fill in the blanks. You can skip any question you want with “Next”:

Question4

But it’s the plaques on my __________ that cause me the most discomfort.

Select as many that apply to fill in the blanks. You can skip any question you want with “Next”:

Question5

In my day-to-day life, my moderate to severe plaque psoriasis symptoms (itching, skin tightness, burning, stinging, and pain) make me feel __________.

Select as many that apply to fill in the blanks. You can skip any question you want with “Next”:

Question6

Sometimes my plaques irritate me when I am __________

Select as many that apply to fill in the blanks. You can skip any question you want with “Next”:

Question7

I want to see if I can get some control of my moderate to severe plaque psoriasis. I have a __________ coming up, and I would like clearer skin.

Select as many that apply to fill in the blanks. You can skip any question you want with “Next”:

Question8

Previously, I’ve tried __________ for treatment of my 
moderate to severe plaque psoriasis.

Select as many that apply to fill in the blanks. You can skip any question you want with “Next”:

Question9

So I want to discuss my treatment goal(s) of __________ with you.

Select as many that apply to fill in the blanks. You can skip any question you want with “Next”:

Tell It Like It Is: Your personalized conversation starter

Take this with you to your next appointment so you can have a more empowered and more productive discussion with your dermatologist about your moderate to severe plaque psoriasis and how it’s affecting you. It all starts with a confident conversation. 

RESULTS WITH TREMFYA®

In clinical studies at week 16, at least 7 out of 10 patients saw 90% clearer skin, and more than 8 out of 10 were rated clear or almost clear. Patients had improvements in symptoms of plaque psoriasis such as burning, stinging, and itching. Individual results may vary.

TREMFYA® is a 100 mg injection given under the skin as directed by your doctor at weeks 0 and 4, and then every 8 weeks.