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Dermatologicaldisorders vary greatly is symptoms and severity more to this, suchdisorders can be uncomfortable and scary for patients to experience. If I was suffering from a dermatological condition, I would feel souncomfortable in a public place. As such, it would be uncomfortablestanding in a pharmacy getting prescriptions filled. However, as apatient, I would expect the pharmacy staff to provide me with thebest advice on the type of medication to take to cure the skincondition. I would also expect them to tell me in case the skincondition does not require treatment. Finally, I would expect them tobe repulsed by the appearance of the skin due to the condition.

Certainaspects of the disease such as having lesions and bumps can make thepatient feel uncomfortable. These aspects of dermatological disorderslead the patient to experience decreased sense of body image which inturn leads to low self-esteem. In this way, the patient will avoidsocial interactions as well as situations where their skin is exposeddue to the feeling of shame and disgust about their appearance(Habif, 2011). On the other hand, aspects of disease such as thecause may lead the pharmacist selling medication to judge thepatient. For instance, some dermatological disorders arise due tonegative behavior such as being unhygienic or from a weakened immunesystem. As such, the patient will be stigmatized as being unhygienicor irresponsible.

Themethod of taking medication for the treatment of dermatologicalconditions depends on the type of disorder and its severity. Someskin conditions do not need medication and can be cured throughsimple adjustments such as practicing good hygiene and making dietarychanges to improve immunity (Habif, 2011). Such treatment measuresare often difficult since most people find it hard to stick to aproper diet. Other conditions need medical intervention which isachieved through the use of medicated ointments, antibiotics and eventargeted prescription medication (Habif, 2011). Such methods oftreatment are often confusing since some skin disorders do notrespond to treatment.

Knowledgeof anatomy, physiology, and pharmacology can greatly influence theway pharmacy customers are treated. For instance, knowledge ofphysiology and anatomy will help understand the cause of diseasehence allowing the pharmacist to determine if there is a need formedication or not. Pharmacological knowledge, on the other hand, willgive insight into the best medication for each and every condition(Habif, 2011).


Habif,T. P. (2011). Skin disease: Diagnosis and treatment. Edinburgh:Saunders/Elsevier.