Preparing for your appointment

By 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:

  • 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?
Sept. 29, 2015