You're likely to start by seeing your primary care doctor. He or she may refer you to a doctor who specializes in skin conditions (dermatologist).
To get the most from your appointment, it's good to prepare. Here's some information to help you get ready for your appointment.
What you can do
- List any symptoms you're experiencing, including any that may seem unrelated to the reason for which you scheduled the appointment.
- List key personal information, including any major stresses or recent life changes.
- Make a list of all medications, vitamins and supplements you're taking.
- List questions to ask your doctor.
For ingrown hairs, some basic questions to ask your doctor include:
- What's the most likely cause of my condition?
- What are other possible causes for my condition?
- Do I need any tests?
- Is my condition likely temporary or chronic?
- What is the best course of action?
- What are the alternatives to the primary approach you're suggesting?
- Are there restrictions I need to follow?
- Is there a generic alternative to the medicine you're prescribing?
- Do you have any relevant brochures or other printed material that I can take home with me? What websites do you recommend?
Don't hesitate to ask other questions, as well.
What to expect from your doctor
Your doctor is likely to ask you a number of questions, such as:
- When did you begin experiencing symptoms?
- Have your symptoms been continuous or occasional?
- How severe are your symptoms?
- Does anything seem to improve your symptoms?
- Does anything make your symptoms worse?
- What type of razor do you use?
- How often do you shave?
- What shaving or other hair removal technique do you use?
What you can do in the meantime
In the days before your appointment with your doctor, if possible, stop shaving or using any form of hair removal. Ingrown hairs may worsen at first as they regrow, but eventually they'll improve.
March 13, 2015
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