Make a list of your concerns and prioritize them – Make a list of what you want to discuss. For example, do you have a specific lesion that you want examined? Do you have a new symptom you want to ask the doctor about? If you have more than a few items to discuss, put them in order and ask about the most important ones first. There may not be enough time in one visit to address all of your concerns. Don’t put off the concerns that are most important to you until the end of your appointment—bring them up right away!
Take information with you – It is important to have a current medication list including any prescription drugs, over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal remedies or supplements that you are taking. Please be sure to include a list of any topical medications that you use as well.
Make sure you can see and hear as well as possible – Remember to take your eyeglasses to the doctor’s visit. If you have a hearing aid, make sure that it is working well and wear it. Let the doctor and staff know if you have a hard time seeing or hearing.
Consider bringing a family member or friend – Sometimes it is helpful to bring a family member or close friend with you. Let your family member or friend know in advance what you want from your visit. Your companion can remind you what you planned to discuss with the doctor if you forget, she or he can take notes for you, and can help you remember what the doctor said.
What to expect on the day of your appointment