How many of you can relate to this?
I recently went to my 3 Monthly Eczema dermatologist appointment. Here’s how the typical conversation and appointment goes.
9:00 am Arrive at clinic
9:18 am PING can Carl please go to room 3
9:19 am Doctor: Hello carl how are you today?
Carl: Dry! very dry and fed up with my eczema
Doctor: Oh I see how often are you applying your cream?
Carl: 3 times a day, every day the same as I have been for the last 46 years
Doctor: What cream is it?
Carl: The same one you prescribed for the last 46 years DIPROBASE
Doctor: Are you doing anything different in your daily routine?
Doctor: Okay well keep applying the cream, do you need a repeat prescription?
Doctor: There you are and thanks for coming and I’ll see you in 3 months.
9:24 am: Carl okay thanks bye!
Well that was 24 minutes of my life I won’t ever get back LOL
Have those hard conversations
This conversation is typical of many had by eczema sufferers that go to see a specialist Doctor, GP or Dermatologist.
We as sufferers need to be more pressing with our questions and push for new treatments and advice. We are normally so tired and fed up by the time we get to see the Dermatologist that we fail to ask those hard but oh so important questions. We fall into the trap of complacency, especially if our eczema at the time of the appointment isn’t too bad. Which by the way, how many times is your eczema really bad for weeks then the day of the appointment it’s looking much better!! Then the first thing the consultant says is ” Oh my your skins looking better”Argggggggh!
Make the most of your appointment?
Be prepared with a list of questions that I’m sure sat at home you have asked yourself or Googled to try to find the answer. Eczema dermatologist appointment is your time to find answers.
This is your time to get those burning questions answered correctly. These Doctors have the answers and I do trust them but they’re in the same rat race that most professionals are, financial pressures and time restraints in their own working lives. So, unfortunately, we can become a statistic to them and we don’t get their full experience and knowledge which we so need and deserve.
DON’T GET ME WRONG not all Doctors and Dermatologist are like this. I have seen some wonderful people over the past few years and some have given and shown me care and compassion. They have also offered some great advice and heaven knows where what condition my skin would be in without their advice. But the truth is most consultants and Doctors have a time limit for each patient, so make the most of your time with them.
What questions should I ask?
Here’s a quick list of questions you should ask.
- What new treatments are on the market that may help my condition
- Is there anything different I can do to help my condition
- What is LIGHT THERAPY
- What is Duplixent?
- Can food be affecting my skin? Read our article on this topic.
- Will a humidifier or purifier in my home help me
- Can I get allergy tested? These are also available via HOME TEST KITS FROM AMAZON
- What are Prick and patch testing and will it help me
- Can dead sea salt help my skin
- I’ve heard of Bleach baths, do you recommend them and are they safe?
- What shampoo is best for eczema on my head
- I have low and depressive thoughts, can you help me
- And in the worst cases… ‘ I have thoughts of self-harming and killing myself”
Eczema and depression are very common, it’s such a hard condition to manage and the psychological effects can be very harmful. Talking about them to your Doctor or Dermatologist is so important and is a major part of recovery.
These questions and conversations are very hard to have, but you need to have them. No one else can answer these questions as good as these people.
Friends and family can be a massive support but their not qualified to offer the same level of advice these people can. SO USE THEM!
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