Preparing for your appointment

By Mayo Clinic Staff

You're likely to start by seeing your primary care doctor. He or she may refer you to a doctor who specializes in skin disorders (dermatologist).

To get the most from your appointment, it's a good idea to be well-prepared. Here's some information to help you get ready.

What you can do

  • List any symptoms you're experiencing, including those that seem unrelated to your skin condition.
  • List key personal information, including any major stresses or recent life changes.
  • List all medications, vitamins and supplements you're taking.
  • List questions to ask your doctor.

For folliculitis, some basic questions to ask your doctor include:

  • What's the most likely cause of my symptoms?
  • What are other possible causes for my symptoms?
  • Do I need any tests?
  • What's the best treatment for my condition?
  • I have these other health conditions. How can I best manage them together?
  • What types of side effects can I expect from treatment?
  • Is there a generic alternative to the medicine you're prescribing me?
  • Do you have any relevant brochures or other printed material that I can take home with me? What websites do you recommend?
  • What will determine whether I should plan for a follow-up visit?

Don't hesitate to ask any other questions that occur to you during your appointment.

What to expect from your doctor

Your doctor is likely to ask you a number of questions. Being ready to answer them may reserve time to go over any points you want to spend more time on. Your doctor may ask:

  • How long have you had this skin infection?
  • Do you have a history of dermatitis?
  • Does your work or a hobby expose your hands to heat and moisture, such as from wearing rubber gloves?
  • Were you in a hot tub or a heated swimming pool a day or two before you noticed your skin rash?
  • Have your symptoms been continuous or occasional?
  • Does your skin itch? Is it painful to the touch?
  • Does anything seem to improve your symptoms?
  • Does anything make your symptoms worse?

What you can do in the meantime

Sometimes folliculitis goes away without medical treatment. Self-care measures, such as warm compresses and anti-itch creams, can help relieve your signs and symptoms.

Aug. 21, 2014

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