What is psoriasis?

Psoriasis is a chronic inflammatory condition. It can affect the whole body, but its most visible impact is on the skin.1 As well as its physical effects, psoriasis can also have an emotional and psychological impact that should not be nderestimated.2,3


Although many people find that their psoriasis can be managed with treatments from their general practitioner (GP), others may find that their psoriasis continues to affect their daily lives. If this is your experience, you may require specialist treatment from a dermatologist.1

Is there a cure for psoriasis?

Psoriasis is a chronic condition.1 Although there is no cure yet, our understanding of psoriasis is evolving all the time. There are lots of different treatment options, but because everyone is different it may take time to find the treatment or combination of treatments that work for you.4 A dermatologist will be able advise you about the different options available.

What is Ask your dermatologist?

Ask your dermatologist aims to improve the lives of people with psoriasis by encouraging them to speak to an expert who can help them manage their condition.


It was felt by the dermatology community that there is a need for this campaign at this point in time, as those with psoriasis may not realize what a dermatologist can do to help them.

Who is involved with Ask your dermatologist?

Ask your dermatologist has been developed by Novartis and is endorsed by PSORPHIL, the Philippine lay umbrella organization for psoriasis movements.

The content on this site has been developed with funding provided by Novartis.

How do I know how severe my psoriasis is?

The severity of your psoriasis can be assessed in a number of different ways. Your dermatologist may use clinical tools such as the Psoriasis Area and Severity Index or Body Surface Area to assess the severity of your physical symptoms1,5 but you may also take into account the impact of psoriasis on your day-to-day life.1,6

What do I do if my dermatologist says they cannot help me?

Try not to be discouraged. Remember that different dermatologists may have different areas of expertise, and even if your current dermatologist can’t help you there may be another dermatologist who can.


You can use the Dermfinder to find a dermatologist in your local area; someone who can prescribe the right psoriasis treatment for you.


More information

There are a number of organizations and resources available if you need more information or advice.

Visit the Philippine Dermatological Society (PDS)

Visit the Philippine Rheumatology Association (PRA)

Visit Psoriasis Philippines (PSORPHIL)



  1. Augustin M et al. J Eur Acad Dermatol Venereol 2012; 26 Suppl 4: 1-16.
  2. Armstrong AW et al. PLoS One 2012; 7: e52935.
  3. Sampogna F et al. Acta Derm Venereol 2012; 92(3): 299-303.
  4. International Federation of Psoriasis Associations (IFPA), Profile of psoriasis. Available at: www.ifpa-pso.org/web/page.aspx?refid=42 Accessed: March 2016
  1. European Medicines Agency (EMEA), EMEA Guideline on Clinical Investigation of Medicinal Products Indicated for the Treatment of Psoriasis. November 2004. Available at: www.ema.europa.eu/docs/en_GB/ document_library/Scientific_guideline/2009/09/WC500003329.pdf Accessed: March 2016.
  2. DLQI Instructions for use and scoring. Department of Dermatology and Wound Healing, School of Medicine, Cardiff University. Available at: www.cardiff.ac.uk/dermatology/quality-of-life/dermatology-quality-of-life-index-dlqi/dlqi-instructions-for-use-and-scoring/ Accessed: March 2016.