Preparing for your appointment

By Mayo Clinic Staff

You're likely to start by first seeing your family doctor or a general practitioner. He or she may treat you or refer you to a specialist in skin disorders (dermatologist).

What you can do

Preparing a list of questions beforehand can help you make the most of your time with your doctor. For tinea versicolor, some basic questions to ask your doctor include:

  • How did I get tinea versicolor?
  • What are other possible causes?
  • Do I need any tests?
  • Is tinea versicolor temporary or long lasting?
  • What treatments are available, and which do you recommend?
  • What side effects can I expect from treatment?
  • How long will it take for my skin to return to normal?
  • Can I do anything to help, such as avoid the sun at certain times or wear a specific sunscreen?
  • I have other health conditions. How can I best manage them together?
  • Is there a generic alternative to the medicine you're prescribing me?
  • Do you have brochures or other printed material I can take home? What websites do you recommend?

What to expect from your doctor

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

  • How long have you had these discolored areas on your skin?
  • Have your symptoms been continuous or occasional?
  • Have you had this or a similar condition in the past?
  • Do the affected areas itch?
  • Does anything seem to improve your symptoms?
  • What, if anything, appears to worsen your symptoms?
April 22, 2015