Prepare for your doctor visit.

The more details you can share with your dermatologist, the better he or she can understand your hidradenitis suppurativa (HS) symptoms and how they’re impacting you.

Knowing what questions you’d like to ask and openly sharing details about your symptoms can help you and your doctor choose the treatment that’s right for you.

To get you prepared for a productive conversation with your dermatologist, we have created a convenient conversation guide. Print it out, answer the questions, and bring it with you to your next appointment.

View or print your Doctor Conversation Starter

Checklist indicating doctor visit preparation

You should ask your dermatologist questions, too.

It will be helpful to know more about his or her experience in treating HS. Here are some suggested questions.

  • Do you treat other patients with HS?
  • How would you characterize the severity of my HS?
  • What kind of treatment do you think would be appropriate for me?
  • What kind of side effects might this treatment have?

These questions, along with your responses on the Doctor Conversation Starter, can help to ensure that you and your dermatologist are on the same page before you begin treatment.