Dry Patches of Skin
Why is it important to get dry patches of skin checked out?
A patient presented with a dry patch on the side of her face. She scheduled a same day appointment. The patch itself wasn’t too exciting. However, I noticed during my examination that the tip of her nose was eroded. It was eroding, crusted papule that had blood and puss coming out of it. It looked like a skin cancer, but she was there for a dry patch. I wrote her a prescription for her dry patch and I recommended that she should treat her nose.
One day she finally consented to a biopsy that leads to the diagnosis of melanoma. The diagnosis and treatment lead to extensive surgery that caused tremendous deformities to her nose. She refused reconstruction.
I honored her request and treated her dry patch. I also saved her life by treating her melanoma.