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?