Preparing for your appointment

Your primary care doctor is likely to refer you to a dermatologist for diagnosis and treatment of Sweet's syndrome. Here's some information to help you get ready for your appointment.

What you can do

Before your appointment, make a list of:

  • Symptoms you've been having and for how long, including those that seem unrelated to your rash
  • All medications, vitamins and supplements you take, including doses
  • Questions to ask your doctor

If you have symptoms of Sweet's syndrome, questions you may want to ask include:

  • What might be causing my rash?
  • What tests do I need to confirm the diagnosis?
  • Is this condition temporary or long-lasting?
  • What treatment options are available, and which do you recommend for me?
  • What side effects can I expect from treatment?
  • Is there a generic alternative to the medicine you're prescribing me?
  • What if I just wait to see if my signs and symptoms go away on their own?

What to expect from your doctor

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

  • When did your skin symptoms start?
  • Did they come on suddenly or gradually?
  • What did the rash look like when it first appeared?
  • Is the rash painful?
  • Does anything make your symptoms better?
  • Does anything make your symptoms worse?
  • Were you sick before the rash started?
  • What medical problems have you had?
  • Do you have other symptoms that started about the same time?
  • What medications do you take?
  • Did the skin lesions start in the days or weeks after you started a new medication?
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