A trip to the dermatologist is like any other trip to other doctors. A complete medical history is obtained. Your doctor will ask you in detail the nature of your complaint, how long it has been, what you have applied as topical treatment, who else has the same problem in your household, and several more questions including your state of health and if you are on regular medications. Your family history, your hobbies, your social activities, plus other relevant information that will help elucidate your problem are also asked. Physical examination will also be done. In examining your skin, you may be asked to strip down to your undergarments and with the help of a bright light and a magnifier, record your skin findings on your chart.
Once a diagnosis is made, the dermatologist then proceeds to explain what the problem is and how best to manage it. At this point, you have every right to ask all the questions that are in your mind including your apprehensions and your doubts. Treatment options are discussed and the instructions must be very clear to you and must be properly followed to ensure their effectiveness.
Treatment is highly individualized and best done under the care of a physician. It is advised that you must not try other people's medications even if you see how well it improves their skin. If your skin lesions do not respond as expected given a certain period of use, you must return to your doctor and have her re-evaluate your skin problem. Trusting your doctor and communicating with her freely is your best guarantee of getting well.
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