Preparing for your appointment

By Mayo Clinic Staff

You'll likely start by seeing your child's pediatrician or your primary care doctor if your child or you are experiencing a skin condition. You may then be referred to a specialist in skin conditions (dermatologist).

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 or your child have been having, including any that may seem unrelated to the reason for which you scheduled the appointment
  • All medications, vitamins and supplements that you or your child takes
  • Questions to ask your doctor

For lichen nitidus, some basic questions to ask your doctor include:

  • What's the most likely cause of my symptoms?
  • Do I need any tests?
  • How long can I expect this condition to last?
  • What treatments are available, and which do you recommend?
  • What side effects can I expect from treatment?
  • Are there any restrictions on what types of products I use on my skin?
  • Is there a generic alternative to the medicine you're prescribing me?
  • Do you have any brochures or other printed materials I can take with me? What websites do you recommend visiting?

What to expect from your doctor

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

  • When did you first notice the appearance of the tiny bumps?
  • Where are the patches of bumps located?
  • Have the patches of bumps changed in appearance over time?
  • Do the bumps itch? How much or how often?
  • Does anything further irritate the site, such as certain soaps or lotions?
  • Are there any known allergies?
  • Do you or immediate family members have a history of atopic eczema, asthma or hay fever?
Oct. 22, 2015