Preparing for your appointment

By Mayo Clinic Staff

You're likely to start by seeing 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

  • List any symptoms you're experiencing, including those that seem unrelated to the reason for which you scheduled the appointment.
  • List key personal information, including any major illnesses, stresses and recent life changes.
  • Make a list of all medications, vitamins and supplements you're taking, including the dosage information.
  • List questions to ask your doctor.

For pityriasis rosea, some basic questions to ask your doctor include:

  • What's the most likely cause of this rash?
  • What are other possible causes for my symptoms?
  • I have another health condition. Could it be related to the skin rash?
  • Is this skin condition temporary or long lasting?
  • Will this rash leave permanent scars?
  • What treatments are available, and which do you recommend?
  • Will treatment for the skin rash interact with other treatments I'm receiving?
  • What are possible side effects of this treatment?
  • Will the treatment help ease the itching? If not, how can I treat the itching?

In addition to the questions that you've prepared to ask your doctor, don't hesitate to ask other questions during your appointment.

What to expect from your doctor

Your doctor is likely to ask you questions about your symptoms and possible causes. Questions to expect include:

  • When did you first begin to notice the rash?
  • Have you had this type of rash in the past?
  • Are you experiencing symptoms? If so, what are they?
  • Have your symptoms changed over time?
  • Does anything seem to improve your symptoms?
  • What, if anything, appears to worsen your symptoms?
July 02, 2015