Preparing for your appointmentBy Mayo Clinic staff
You're likely to start by first seeing your family doctor. However, in some cases when you call to set up an appointment, you may be referred directly to a specialist in skin diseases (dermatologist).
Because appointments can be brief, and because there's often a lot to cover, it's a good idea to be well prepared for your appointment. Here's some information to help you get ready for your appointment, and what to expect from your doctor.
What you can do
Your time with your doctor is limited, so preparing a list of questions will help you make the most of your appointment. List your questions from most important to least important in case time runs out. For seborrheic keratosis, some basic questions to ask your doctor include:
- Are tests needed to confirm the diagnosis?
- What is the best course of action?
- Will the lesions go away on their own?
- What are the alternatives to the primary approach that you're suggesting?
- What suspicious changes in my skin should I look for?
In addition to the questions that you've prepared to ask your doctor, don't hesitate to ask questions during your appointment.
What to expect from your doctor
Your doctor is likely to ask you several questions. Being ready to answer them may reserve time to go over any points you want to discuss more. Your doctor may ask:
- When did you first notice the skin lesions?
- Have you noticed multiple growths?
- Have you noticed any changes in the appearance of the growth?
- Is the condition bothersome?
- Do any family members also have this condition?
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