Preparing for your appointmentBy Mayo Clinic staff
You're likely to start by seeing your regular health care provider, or if you're pregnant, your obstetrician. You may be referred to a doctor who specializes in infectious diseases. If you're pregnant, you may be referred to a doctor who specializes in fetal health (perinatologist) or newborn health (neonatologist).
Here's some information to help you get ready for your appointment, as well as what information your doctor might want from you.
What you can do
You may want to write a list that includes:
- Detailed descriptions of your symptoms
- Information about medical problems you've had
- Information about the medical problems of your parents or siblings
- All the medications and dietary supplements you take
- Questions you want to ask the doctor
For toxoplasmosis, some basic questions to ask your doctor include:
- What kinds of tests do I need?
- What treatments are available and which do you recommend?
- What types of side effects can I expect from treatment?
- I'm pregnant. What effect will this have on my baby?
- Are there any brochures or other printed materials that I can take home with me? What websites do you recommend visiting?
In addition to the questions that you've prepared, don't hesitate to ask questions during your appointment.
What to expect from your doctor
Your doctor is likely to ask you a number of questions, such as:
- When did you first begin experiencing symptoms?
- How severe are your symptoms?
- Have you recently consumed any raw meats or meat that wasn't fully cooked?
- Do you own or care for a cat? Who changes the litter box?
- Do you wear gloves when gardening or working with soil?
- Do you have any conditions or take any medications that affect your immune system?
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