You're likely to first see your primary care doctor. He or she may refer you to a doctor who specializes in skin disorders (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 doses
- Questions to ask your doctor
For pemphigus, some basic questions to ask your doctor include:
- What's the most likely cause of my symptoms?
- Are there other possible causes?
- Do I need any tests? Do these tests require any special preparation?
- What treatments are available, and which do you recommend?
- What side effects can I expect from treatment?
- How long will it take for the blisters to heal? Will they leave scars?
- Will the blisters come back again?
- What can I do for the pain?
- I have these other health conditions. How can I best manage them together?
- Is there a generic alternative to the medicine you're prescribing me?
- Do you have any brochures or other printed material I can take with me? What websites do you recommend?
What to expect from your doctor
Your doctor is likely to ask you a number of questions, such as:
- When did you first begin experiencing symptoms?
- Does anything seem to improve your symptoms?
- What steps have you taken to treat this condition yourself?
- Have any of these measures helped?
- Have you ever been treated by a doctor for this condition?
- If so, did you use any prescription treatments for this skin condition? If so, do you remember the name of the medication and the dosage you were prescribed?
- Did you have a skin biopsy?