You'll likely start by seeing your child's pediatrician or your primary care doctor if your child or you are experiencing a skin condition. You may then be referred to a specialist in skin conditions (dermatologist).
Here's some information to help you get ready for your appointment.
What you can do
Before your appointment make a list of:
- Symptoms you or your child have been having, including any that may seem unrelated to the reason for which you scheduled the appointment
- All medications, vitamins and supplements that you or your child takes
- Questions to ask your doctor
For lichen nitidus, some basic questions to ask your doctor include:
- What's the most likely cause of my symptoms?
- Do I need any tests?
- How long can I expect this condition to last?
- What treatments are available, and which do you recommend?
- What side effects can I expect from treatment?
- Are there any restrictions on what types of products I use on my skin?
- Is there a generic alternative to the medicine you're prescribing me?
- Do you have any brochures or other printed materials I can take with me? What websites do you recommend visiting?
What to expect from your doctor
Your doctor is likely ask you a number of questions, such as:
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- When did you first notice the appearance of the tiny bumps?
- Where are the patches of bumps located?
- Have the patches of bumps changed in appearance over time?
- Do the bumps itch? How much or how often?
- Does anything further irritate the site, such as certain soaps or lotions?
- Are there any known allergies?
- Do you or immediate family members have a history of atopic eczema, asthma or hay fever?
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