Preparing for your appointment

By Mayo Clinic Staff

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

What you can do

  • Be aware of any pre-appointment restrictions. At the time you make the appointment, be sure to ask if you need to do anything in advance.
  • Write down any symptoms you're experiencing, including any that may seem unrelated to the reason for which you scheduled the appointment.
  • Write down key personal information, including any recent life changes or travel.
  • Make a list of all medications, vitamins or supplements that you're taking.
  • Write down questions to ask your doctor.

Preparing a list of questions can help you make the most of your time with your doctor. For Rocky Mountain spotted fever, some basic questions to ask your doctor include:

  • What's the most likely cause of my symptoms?
  • Do I need any tests?
  • What treatments are available? Which do you recommend?
  • Do I need follow-up testing?
  • I have other health problems. How can I best manage these conditions together?

What to expect from your doctor

Your doctor may ask some of the following questions:

  • What are your symptoms, and when did they start?
  • 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. 25, 2014

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