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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