Bring What You Need
The most important item you’ll want to bring with you to your first appointment is your insurance cards. Also, bring along cash or a credit card to cover your medical co-pay if required. If you’ve been keeping a food journal, bring that also. You could also provide information on what makes your skin condition better and what makes it worse.
List dietary habits, stress issues, suspected allergies to laundry soaps, shampoos and cosmetics. Also, list members of your immediate family who suffer skin maladies because many of these conditions are hereditary. Finally, be sure to jot down and bring with you a list of medication currently prescribed to you. Don’t forget to list over-the-counter medicines, ointments, vitamins and supplements you frequently purchase.
Help Secure Referring Doctor’s FilesWe may require records from a referring doctor that reference your skin condition. When you make your appointment, you may want to ask us to make a formal request for your patient files. Medical offices tend to respond more quickly to requests from another medical office than they do to requests by you, the patient.
If you notice any unusual skin changes that worry you, make an appointment as soon as possible. For skin cancer, some basic questions to ask your doctor include:
Your doctor is likely to ask you a number of questions. Being ready to answer them may allow time to cover other points you want to address.
Finally, it doesn’t hurt at all to bring along a notebook with questions you have for the dermatologist. That notebook can also prove helpful for you to jot down information the doctor gives to you.