Preparing for your appointment

By Mayo Clinic Staff

You're likely to start by seeing your family doctor or a general practitioner. However, in some cases when you call to set up an appointment, you may be referred immediately to a doctor who specializes in treating skin conditions (dermatologist).

What you can do

Before your appointment, you may want to write a list that answers some of the following questions:

  • When did your symptoms begin?
  • Have you had similar symptoms in the past? If so, what treatment worked then?
  • What medications and supplements do you take regularly?

What to expect from your doctor

Your doctor is likely to ask you a number of questions, including:

  • Did you have any damage to your skin, such as a puncture or cut, in the area where the sore developed?
  • What treatments have you tried already? Have they helped any?
  • Do you have any inflammatory medical conditions, such as Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis or rheumatoid arthritis?
Nov. 27, 2012