At Your Appointment

Skin Rash (Contact Dermatitis) Appointment Guide

Ask the right questions at your next doctor’s appointment. Answer two questions below to personalize your appointment guide.
  • Please describe the symptoms and issues you’re having that led you to schedule this online appointment. Start at the beginning of this current episode and tell me how and when things have changed and progressed.
  • Have you started using any new personal or household products, such as shampoos, lotions, wipes or detergents?
  • Do you use products at work that come in contact with your skin?
  • Do you have any allergies?
  • Have you tried over-the-counter medicines? How well did they work?
  • What other medications do you take, including prescriptions and supplement?
  • Do you have any symptoms other than a rash?
  • Is the rash in one area or all over your body?
  • When did the rash begin?
  • Has the rash been constant or does it come and go?
  • What seems to make your rash better or worse?
  • What other medical conditions do you have?
  • Are you having any side effects from your rash medicine?
  • What treatments have you tried so far?
  • What new symptoms are you experiencing?
  • What is the most likely cause of my skin rash?
  • Could another medical condition be causing or contributing to my symptoms?
  • How do you diagnose the cause of a skin rash?
  • Will the rash go away on its own?
  • What should I do if my symptoms do not improve or get worse?
  • What kind of contact dermatitis do I have—irritant or allergic?
  • What is the best treatment for my kind of contact dermatitis?
  • What strategies can I use to soothe my skin?
  • How should I care for my skin? Are there products I should use or avoid?
  • How can I prevent contact dermatitis?
  • Could another medication do a better job of controlling my symptoms?
  • Are my new or different symptoms related to my skin rash?
  • What is the best treatment plan for my skin rash?
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Last Review Date: 2018 Dec 27
THIS TOOL DOES NOT PROVIDE MEDICAL ADVICE. It is intended for informational purposes only. It is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Never ignore professional medical advice in seeking treatment because of something you have read on the site. If you think you may have a medical emergency, immediately call your doctor or dial 911.
  1. Contact Dermatitis. American Academy of Dermatology.
  2. Contact Dermatitis. Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research.