Preparing for your appointment

You're likely to start by seeing your family doctor or a general practitioner. Or you may be referred immediately to a specialist in skin conditions (dermatologist).

What you can do

Before your appointment, you might want to write a list of answers to the following questions:

  • When did you first begin experiencing symptoms?
  • Have you been swimming or wading outdoors recently?
  • Did anyone else who went swimming with you develop a rash?
  • What medications and supplements do you take regularly?

What to expect from your doctor

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

  • Have your symptoms been continuous or occasional?
  • What, if anything, seems to improve your symptoms?
  • What, if anything, appears to worsen your symptoms?
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References
  1. Parasites: Cercarial dermatitis (also known as swimmer's itch). Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. http://www.cdc.gov/parasites/swimmersitch/faqs.html. Accessed Oct. 11, 2016.
  2. Auerbach PS, et al. Aquatic skin disorders. In: Wilderness Medicine. 6th ed. Philadelphia, Pa.: Mosby Elsevier; 2012. http://www.clincalkey.com. Accessed Oct. 11, 2016.