Preparing for your appointment

You're likely to start by seeing your family doctor. He or she may refer you to a doctor who specializes in skin disorders (dermatologist). Here's some information to help you get ready for your appointment.

What you can do

Before your appointment, you may want to write a list that answers the following questions:

  • Have you experienced this problem in the past?
  • Do you have allergies to certain substances such as rubber, glues, fragrances or nickel?
  • Have your stress levels worsened recently?
  • What medications and supplements do you take regularly?
  • Are you exposed to certain metals or chemicals in the work setting or through hobbies?

What to expect from your doctor

Your doctor is likely to ask you a number of questions, such as:

  • When did you first begin experiencing symptoms?
  • Have your symptoms been continuous or occasional?
  • How severe are your symptoms?
  • What, if anything, seems to improve your symptoms?
  • What, if anything, appears to worsen your symptoms?
  • Are you exposed to chemicals or metals in the work setting or through a hobby?