Preparing for your appointment

By Mayo Clinic Staff

If someone close to you is diagnosed with hepatitis A, ask your doctor or local health department if you should have the hepatitis A vaccine to prevent infection.

If you have signs and symptoms of hepatitis A, make an appointment with your family doctor or a general practitioner.

What you can do

Because appointments can be brief and there's often a lot of ground to cover, it's a good idea to be well-prepared.

  • Be aware of pre-appointment restrictions. When you make the appointment, find out if there's anything you need to do in advance, such as restrict your diet.
  • Write down your symptoms, including any that seem unrelated to the reason for your appointment.
  • Write down key personal information, including major stresses or recent life changes.
  • List medications, vitamins and supplements you take.
  • Consider taking a family member or friend along. Someone who accompanies you may remember something that you missed or forgot.
  • Write down questions to ask your doctor.

Listing questions for your doctor can help you make the most of your time together. For hepatitis A infection, some basic questions to ask your doctor include:

  • What is likely causing my symptoms or condition?
  • Other than the most likely cause, what are other possible causes for my symptoms or condition?
  • If I have hepatitis A, what can I do to keep from infecting others?
  • Should people close to me receive the hepatitis A vaccine?
  • Can I continue to work or go to school while I have hepatitis A?
  • What signs and symptoms signal that my hepatitis A is causing serious complications?
  • How will I know when I can no longer pass hepatitis A to others?
  • Are there brochures or other printed material I can have? What websites do you recommend?

Don't hesitate to ask other questions you have.

What to expect from your doctor

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

  • When did your symptoms begin?
  • 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?
Sep. 09, 2014

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