Preparing for your appointment

By Mayo Clinic Staff

You'll likely start by seeing your family doctor or a general practitioner. You may be referred to a specialist in skin diseases (dermatologist). To get the most out of your consultation, be prepared to provide the following information:

  • The name and contact number of any physician you have seen recently or see regularly
  • Prescription medications and dosages
  • Over-the-counter drugs or dietary supplements you take regularly

What to expect from your doctor

Your doctor will likely ask you these questions:

  • When did the bumps or other lesions appear?
  • Where on your body have you found the lesions?
  • Are the affected areas itchy, painful or uncomfortable?
  • How would you describe the severity of the pain or discomfort — mild, moderate or severe?
  • Have you recently started new medications?
  • Have you recently had immunizations?
  • Do you take supplements or vitamins, or other nonprescription herbs or medicines?
  • Do you have any allergies?
Feb. 22, 2013