Preparing for your appointment

You're likely to start by seeing your family doctor. Or he or she may refer you to a specialist in skin diseases (dermatologist). You may want to prepare a list of questions to ask your doctor.

For keratosis pilaris, some basic questions include:

  • What is likely causing the symptoms?
  • What are other possible causes for the symptoms?
  • Is this condition likely temporary or chronic?
  • What is the best course of action?
  • What are the alternatives to the primary approach that you're suggesting?
  • Is there a generic alternative to the medicine you're prescribing?

What to expect from your doctor

Your doctor is likely to ask you several questions. Being ready to answer them may reserve time to go over any points you want to discuss more. Your doctor may ask:

  • When did the symptoms begin?
  • Have the symptoms been continuous or occasional?
  • What, if anything, seems to improve the symptoms?
  • What, if anything, appears to worsen the symptoms?
  • Do other family members have similar skin changes?
  • Do you or your child have a history of asthma or hay fever or other allergies?
  • Do you or your child have eczema now or in the past?