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Misconceptions of patients in dermatological diseases


The words allergy, eczema, psoriasis, vitiligo are frequently used in the conversations between the patient and the doctor in dermatology outpatient clinics. Although they are frequently used words, patients often think that they know what the doctor says, not what the doctor says. Because there are common beliefs about some words in society. These beliefs cannot be changed in a short time.

“Allergy” is not a disease. This term is used to mean an abnormal response to a substance. In other words, it is a reaction that can take place in many diseases. In our daily conversations, when our patients say they have an “allergy”, there can actually be many different diseases.

Among the diseases called “allergies”:

  • Generalized pruritus
  • Urticaria (hives, urticaria)
  • contact dermatitis
  • Strofulus (insect bite)
  • atopic eczema
  • Others…

can happen. Although each of these are separate diseases, they are called allergies. There are common diseases from allergic eye diseases to respiratory diseases.

There is no such disease as “eczema”.There are many diseases under this title:

  • atopic eczema
  • contact eczema
  • seborrheic eczema
  • dryness eczema
  • Others

All these are separate diseases. Each is evaluated separately.

“Skin diseases originating from the liver or lungs are very, very rare. But for some reason, “liver” is to blame for every skin disease. This belief is common in persistent, long-lasting skin diseases.

“Psoriasis does not go away” . In fact, psoriasis is a treatable disease. But it can repeat.

“Needle(!) treatment should be applied in long-lasting diseases.” . This is also a false belief. Ampoule and vial forms of drugs are only effective in terms of rapid onset of action. Tablets, capsules or cream, ointments also have the same effect.

“The cortisone injection ends eczema(!), allergy(!). Cortisones are drugs that should be used carefully under the supervision of a doctor. They can cause very serious hormonal and metabolic problems.

“Oily foods, nuts, eggs, etc. It increases acne.” The acne-nutrient relationship is not the same in every patient. Most of the time there is no need for food restriction.

Although vitiligo is known as ala disease among the people, it is incorrectly called “psoriasis”. . Psoriasis is a separate disease.

Ringworm (alopecia areata) is not a fungal or bacterial disease. It is not contagious.

In fact, health information widely given on television, the Internet, and newspapers may do more harm than good. Our patients may obtain false information and misinterpret the information they have obtained.