A GP gets to the bottom of a patient's puzzling skin condition


We GPs probably see only the tip of the iceberg of a patient’s psyche. 

One busy Saturday morning, I was consulted by Amanda, a well-dressed pleasant woman in her late 30s.  I prescribed the usual remedies for her flu and we rapidly established a rapport.

She returned two weeks later and showed me a long-standing small facial lesion that I judged to be the inflamed punctum of a small sebaceous cyst.

“I squeeze it everyday and white stuff comes out,” she told me.

An open and shut case of a pimple-picker, I thought.