Preparing for your appointment

You're likely to start by seeing your primary care doctor. In some cases when you call to set up an appointment, you may be referred to a specialist in skin diseases (dermatologist).

Here's some information to help you prepare for your appointment.

What you can do

Preparing a list of questions will help you make the most of your appointment. For sweating and body odor, some basic questions to ask your doctor include:

  • What are the most likely causes of my symptoms?
  • Is my condition likely temporary or long lasting?
  • What treatments are available, and which might be best for me?
  • Is there a generic alternative to the medicine you're prescribing me?

What to expect from your doctor

Your doctor is likely to ask you several questions, such as:

  • When did you begin experiencing symptoms?
  • How often do you experience these symptoms?
  • Do you always have these symptoms, or do they come and go?
  • Does anything seem to improve your symptoms?
  • What, if anything, appears to worsen your symptoms?
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