Preparing for your appointment

By Mayo Clinic Staff

You're likely to start by first seeing your family doctor or a general practitioner. However, you may then be referred to a doctor who specializes 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?
  • Are there other possible causes for these symptoms?
  • Do I need any tests?
  • Is tinea versicolor temporary or long lasting?
  • What treatments are available, and which do you recommend?
  • What types of side effects can I expect from treatment?
  • How long will it take for my skin to return to normal?
  • I have other health conditions. How can I best manage them together?
  • Is there a generic alternative to the medicine you're prescribing me?
  • Are there any brochures or other printed material that I can take home with me?

What to expect from your doctor

Your doctor is likely to ask you a number of questions. Being ready to answer them may reserve time to go over any points you want to spend more time on. Your doctor may ask:

  • 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?
May. 02, 2012