Going to see a dermatologist can be nerve wracking and stressful. Some people are not as open about their health concerns as others and this may cause anxiety or hesitation when they finally decide to schedule the appointment. Let’s go over some tips on how you can have the best dermatology visit. In order to get the most information and clarity about any questions you have for your dermatologist, you should write them down. Many people freeze in the spotlight and forget all of the questions they have been worrying about for weeks. Writing them down will not only refresh your memory but any small details will help your doctor make the most accurate diagnosis
Although this is easier said than done, it is something you will not regret - don’t be shy. Any concerns you have should be discussed with the doctor and you should not worry about being embarrassed or judged. Your dermatologist is there to help you find a solution to your worries. Also remember to have a complete list of all medications you are taking including over-the-counter and herbal remedies. This will rule out anything that may be causing reactions or irritation on your skin. On the topic of documenting, have pictures ready of when your skin is most troublesome as it may have calmed by the time of your visit. This will help your dermatologist determine what remedies or prescriptions would work best to relieve your skin at its worst. When you go to see your dermatologist it is a good idea to be free of any makeup, however, if you are using any treatments or skin care products then do not opt out on them the day of your appointment. By going through your usual skin care routine your doctor will be able to see how your skin responds to current treatments.
Remembering these tips will make your visit efficient, helpful, and fulfilling. Seeing a dermatologist may be daunting but it is important to stay informed about your health. One visit can help you more than you know and you should always come prepared.