Wednesday, 14 April 2010

'I've been so spotty since you've been gone'


I quite like country music, especially of the blue grass variety. Some of the words and titles of songs are quietly amusing.

This afternoon I was greeted by a cheerful patient with the words, "I've been so spotty since you've been gone". I really thought she was going to burst into song, but she really meant it. I had been on holiday for 10 days and her eczema had flared up and she'd been 'so spotty'.

She laughed when I suggested that that would make a great title for a country and western song and happily agreed to me blogging about it!

But just to say that skin problems really can be awful. What is often not realised by those who do not have a skin problem is just how much aggro and loss of self esteem can be associated with a bad psoriasis and or eczema or acne. Interestingly one of the formal measures of impact of disease on the patient, scores skin disease as higher than angina and diabetes.

Doctors, nurses and others involved in healthcare should not underestimate dermatological disease.

Here endeth the lesson.



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