Preparing for your appointment

By Mayo Clinic Staff

You'll likely start by seeing your primary care doctor. But you may be referred to a specialist in disorders of the skin (dermatologist). The following tips can help you prepare for your appointment.

What you can do

Bring a list of all medications you take regularly — including over-the-counter (nonprescription) medications and dietary supplements — and the daily dosage of each.

You may also want to list questions for your doctor, such as:

  • What made the warts develop?
  • If I have them removed, will they come back?
  • What types of treatments are available to remove the warts, and which do you recommend?
  • What types of side effects can I expect?
  • What are the alternatives to the primary approach you're suggesting?
  • If the growths aren't warts, what tests do you need to do?
  • How can I prevent warts?

What to expect from your doctor

Your doctor may also have some questions for you, such as:

  • When did you first notice the warts?
  • Have you ever had them in the past?
  • Are you bothered by the warts, either for cosmetic reasons or for comfort?
  • What treatments have you already used for your warts? If so, how long have you used them and what were the results?
April 09, 2015