Preparing for your appointment

By Mayo Clinic Staff

While you may initially consult your family physician, he or she may refer you to a specialist, depending on which of your organ systems is affected by the infection. For example, a dermatologist specializes in skin conditions, while a cardiologist treats heart disorders. Or you may be referred to a doctor who specializes in infectious diseases.

What you can do

You may want to write a list that includes:

  • Detailed descriptions of your symptoms
  • Information about medical problems you've had
  • Information about the medical problems of your parents or siblings
  • All the medications and dietary supplements you take
  • Questions you want to ask the doctor

For staph infection, some basic questions to ask your doctor include:

  • What's the most likely cause of my symptoms?
  • What kind of tests do I need?
  • What's the best treatment for a staph infection?
  • Am I contagious?
  • How can I tell if my infection is getting better or worse?
  • Are there any activity restrictions that I need to follow?
  • I have other health conditions. How can I best manage these conditions together?
  • Do you have any brochures or other printed material that I can take home with me? What websites do you recommend?

What to expect from your doctor

Your doctor will likely ask you a number of questions, such as:

  • When did you first notice your symptoms? Could you describe them to me?
  • How severe are your symptoms?
  • Have you been around anyone with a staph infection?
  • Do you have any implanted medical devices, such as an artificial joint or a pacemaker?
  • Do you have any ongoing medical conditions, including an impaired immune system?
  • Have you recently been in the hospital?
  • Do you play contact sports?
Jun. 11, 2014

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