Preparing for your appointment

By Mayo Clinic Staff

You'll likely start by seeing your family doctor. In some cases, you might be referred immediately to a doctor who specializes in infectious diseases.

What you can do

Before your appointment, you might want to prepare a list that details certain aspects of your medical condition, so you can share it with your doctor. Topics might include:

  • When did your symptoms begin? Have they gotten any worse?
  • Do you have any other medical conditions you're being treated for?
  • What medications or supplements do you take regularly?

What to expect from your doctor

Questions your doctor might ask include:

  • Have you recently been bitten by a tick?
  • Do you spend a lot of time outdoors in grassy or wooded areas?
  • Have you recently removed any ticks from family pets?
  • Is anyone else in your family ill?
  • Have you traveled anywhere recently?
Sep. 10, 2011

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