6 Things Dermatologists Want You to Know About Psoriasis

By Leah Campbell
Reviewed by Allison Truong, M.D.
April 03, 2023

Getting diagnosed with psoriasis can be a long, overwhelming experience. Research suggests that it can take, on average, two years from the time someone experiences their first symptoms to finally getting a diagnosis. For those with psoriatic arthritis, this timeline can be up to five years.

By the time you were diagnosed, you may have been dealing with frustrating and often painful symptoms for quite a while. To make matters even weightier, knowing you have a condition that’s chronic, that you’ll deal with for the rest of your life, can be difficult.

The good news is that a diagnosis means you can work with a board-certified dermatologist to find the right treatment. While there’s no cure for psoriasis, treatment and education can be incredibly successful at keeping those symptoms at bay.