Tips for Getting the Most from Your Dermatologist Visit
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.
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