Preparing for your appointmentBy Mayo Clinic Staff
You may start by seeing your primary care physician. He or she may refer you to a doctor who specializes 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've been having and for how long
- Key personal information, including any major stresses or recent life changes
- All medications, vitamins and supplements you take, including the doses
- Questions to ask your doctor
For neurodermatitis, some basic questions to ask your doctor include:
- What's the most likely cause of my itching?
- Are there other possible causes?
- Do I need any tests?
- Will the itching ever stop?
- What treatments are available, and which do you recommend?
- What side effects can I expect from treatment?
- What are alternatives to the primary approach you're suggesting?
- How long will it take for my skin to return to normal?
- I have these other health conditions. How can I best manage them together?
What to expect from your doctor
Your doctor is likely to ask you a number of questions, such as:
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- Do your symptoms come and go, or are they fairly constant?
- What products do you use on your skin, including soaps, lotions and cosmetics?
- What steps have you taken to manage the itchiness?
- Have any of these measures helped?
- Have you been stressed or anxious lately?
- How much do your symptoms affect your quality of life, including your ability to sleep?
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