Tips for Getting the Most from Your Dermatologist Visit

Posted on: 10/26/2017

Whether you’re receiving ongoing care for rosacea or seeing a dermatologist for the first time, here are some tips for getting the most out of your visit.

  • Be sure to let your dermatologist know about any signs of rosacea, such as flushing or redness, that are not visible at the time of your visit.

  • Tell your doctor about any symptoms that cannot be seen, such as burning, stinging, itching or a feeling of tightening skin.

  • Rosacea can affect the eyes and require special care, so it may be especially important to note any eye discomfort you experience – such as irritation or if your eyes tend to be watery or bloodshot.

  • Mention any extensive sun exposure you’ve experienced through your job or lifestyle, as this may lead to redness and visible blood vessels from photodamage rather than rosacea.

  • Remember to note any rosacea triggers you have that are difficult to deal with.

  • Be frank about the impact rosacea has on your professional or social life, as well as your emotional well-being, in order to help determine the appropriate level of care.

  • Ask about new advances in rosacea therapy.

  • Write down your questions ahead of time so you won’t forget to ask.

  • After visiting your dermatologist, carefully follow his or her recommendations and use medical therapy as prescribed. Consistency and persistence are essential in effectively controlling rosacea.