How to Jumpstart a Conversation with Your Doctor

Posted on: 01/30/2017

Whether you’re visiting a dermatologist for the first time or returning for your regular check-up, try out these tips and talking points to help guide your conversation. Get the most out of your appointment and make sure all your questions are answered.

Prepare questions. Before visiting a dermatologist, write down any questions you have about rosacea, treatment and your own case so you don’t forget to ask.

Be thorough. When describing your condition to your doctor, mention symptoms regardless of whether they’re present at the time of your visit. Use a diary to record when your flare-ups occur, including details like the time they occurred and how long they lasted. It might also be helpful to take pictures to document your flare-ups. Bring these notes and photos to your appointment.

Mention your triggers. If there’s anything you’ve identified as a trigger, whether it’s an ingredient in food or anxiety over a particular social event, share this information with your doctor. Knowing a patient’s triggers can help dermatologists offer the best possible care.

Talk about your lifestyle. Tell your doctor about your daily routine and habits, as well as any medications you’re taking. Do you work up a sweat at the gym, or sit by a sunlit window at work? A doctor might be able to identify triggers you might have missed. 

Talk about emotional, social and occupational factors. These perspectives can help your dermatologist develop a care regimen that fits your individual situation.

Ask for skin care recommendations. In addition to prescription medications your doctor may prescribe, ask for skin care product recommendations. Is there a particular facial cleanser or moisturizer that works best with rosacea? What’s the best sunscreen for rosacea patients?