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The history in dermatology 

The history in dermatology
The history in dermatology

Susan Burge

, Rubeta Matin

, and Dinny Wallis

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date: 23 October 2020

The chapter explains how to take a dermatological history and the approach to the history in specific clinical situations—allergy (type I hypersensitivity or type IV hypersensitivity), hair loss, skin tumours, and photosensitivity. We discuss why a patient may not have responded to treatment and how this might be explored, and how to assess the impact of a skin condition when taking the history. We introduce the Dermatology Life Quality Index. Topics include the impact of skin disease on mood, dysmorphophobia, and delusions of parasitosis.

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