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Pimples Assessment Questionnaire

Questions Your Doctor May Ask - and Why!

During a consultation, your doctor will use various techniques to assess the symptom: Pimples. These will include a physical examination and possibly diagnostic tests. (Note: A physical exam is always done, diagnostic tests may or may not be performed depending on the suspected condition) Your doctor will ask several questions when assessing your condition. It is important to openly share any pertinent information to help your doctor make an accurate diagnosis.

It is also very important to bring an up-to-date list of all of your all medical conditions, medications including dosages, and names of numbers of any specialist you see.

Create your printable checklist by answering questions that your doctor may ask below:

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  1. How long have you had the pimples?

    Why: to determine if acute or chronic.

  2. Where are the pimples?

    Why: e.g. acne vulgaris pimples are common on the face, but the neck, upper chest, upper back and shoulders may also be affected; rosacea usually occurs on the forehead, cheeks, nose and chin and spares the areas around the eyes and mouth; perioral dermatitis usually occur around the edge of the nose, around the mouth and on the chin; hidradenitis suppurativa occurs in axilla, on breasts, around the anus and in the groin.

  3. Age of the person with pimples?

    Why: e.g. acne vulgaris is virtually universal in adolescence with prevalence peaking between the ages of 14-16 years in females and 16-19 years in males; infantile acne occurs in the first few months of life, mainly on the face and affects mainly boys; rosacea usually begins in middle age or later; perioral dermatitis occurs predominantly in women aged 20-60; hidradenitis suppurativa may occur from puberty to around age 50.

  4. What is the sex of the person with pimples?

    Why: e.g. acne vulgaris (common acne) is usually more severe in males than females; rosacea occurs predominantly in females; perioral dermatitis occurs mainly in young women.

  5. Have you had previous outbreaks of pimples in the past?
  6. Aggravating factors?

    Why: e.g. Acne vulgaris may be aggravated just before the menstrual period in girls, by winter seasons, pregnancy, greasy cosmetics , cosmetics containing isopropyl myristate, emotional stress and by pressure on the skin by leaning face on hands or on a telephone. Most trials prove that acne vulgaris is unaffected by food. Perioral dermatitis is markedly aggravated by potent topical fluorinated corticosteroids and also greasy cosmetics. The facial flushing with rosacea is exacerbated by hot fluids in the mouth, spicy foods, alcohol and exposure to sun or heat.

  7. Relieving factors?

    Why: e.g. acne vulgaris may improve during summer and during pregnancy.

  8. How are you affected psychologically by the pimples?

    Why: e.g. The psychological impact from acne vulgaris can be enormous, especially in adolescent teenagers.

  9. What do you think may be causing the pimples?

    Why: There are many myths that must be dispelled about the cause of acne. Note that acne is not a dietary or infectious disorder, it is not caused by oily hair or hair touching the forehead and ordinary chemicals such as chlorine in pools do not make pimples worse.

  10. Risk factors for infectious folliculitis?

    Why: e.g. tropical climate with high temperatures and high relative humidity; shaving hairy regions such as the beard area, axillae or legs; extraction of hair such as plucking or waxing; occlusion of hair bearing areas (such as adhesive plaster and plastic film) facilitates the growth of bacteria.

  11. Past medical history?

    Why: e.g obesity increases the risk of hidradenitis suppurativa; diabetes mellitus and immunosuppression increase the risk of infectious folliculitis; polycystic ovarian syndrome is associated with acne.

  12. Medications?

    Why: e.g. medications which may aggravate acne include corticosteroids, some oral contraceptive medications, chloralhydrate, iodides, bromides, lithium, phenytoin and quinine; topical fluorinated corticosteroid creams aggravate rosacea; oral contraceptives and repeated topical fluorinated corticosteroid creams may aggravate perioral dermatitis; topical corticosteroids may predispose to infectious folliculitis.

  13. Red eyes?

    Why: may suggest rosacea which may be complicated by blepharitis (inflammation of the eyelids), conjunctivitis, episcleritis and keratitis.

  14. Symptoms of acne vulgaris (common acne)?

    Why: e.g. red inflamed pus-filled lesions or nodules, usually confined to the face and trunk. Very common in adolescents. Healing by scarring may occur.

  15. Symptoms of rosacea?

    Why: e.g. episodic reddening of the face (flushing) with increases in skin temperature in response to heat stimuli in the mouth and alcohol; acne-like rash on the forehead, cheeks, nose and chin. Rosacea may be complicated by rhinophyma (enlarged nose), enlarged cushion-like swelling of the forehead, swelling of the eyelids, cauliflower-like swelling of the earlobes and swelling of the chin.

  16. Symptoms of perioral dermatitis?

    Why: e.g. red pimple-like rash occurring around the mouth and on the chin occurring predominantly in women aged 20-60.

  17. Symptoms of impetigo (school sores)?
  18. Symptoms of folliculitis?

    Why: e.g. pus-filled lesions around hair follicles surrounded by a red halo of inflamed skin. May occur on any hair-bearing skin such as the beard area, scalp, neck, legs and trunk.

  19. Symptoms of polycystic ovarian syndrome?

    Why: e.g. persistent acne in the hirsute (excessively hairy) female, irregular periods, usually overweight.

  20. Symptoms of Hidradenitis suppurativa?

    Why: e.g. red inflamed nodules or abscesses which are very tender in axilla, on breasts, around the anus or in the groin.

Conditions listing medical symptoms: Pimples:

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