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A conversation between a mother who has brought her young son into a pharmacy and the pharmacist, who sees them in the consultation area, goes like this:
â€œCan you help us with this?â€ the mother asks, opening up the boyâ€™s shirt to reveal a disc shaped patch on his chest. It has an inflamed red border and is progressively paler towards the centre.
â€œHow old is your son and how long has he had this?â€ asks the pharmacist.
â€œHeâ€™s six and it started a couple of weeks ago.â€
â€œDoes it itch?â€â€
â€œYes, he says itâ€™s very itchy.â€
â€œHave you seen your GP about this?â€
â€œNo. When I phoned for an appointment the receptionist said it didnâ€™t sound urgent or serious and that Iâ€™d have to wait a fortnight for an appointment. She told me to put antispetic cream on it in the meantime. I have, but it hasnâ€™t made much difference.â€
â€œDo you have any pets at home?â€
â€œHas your son been anywhere special or different recently, that you can think of?â€
The mother thinks for a moment. â€œWell, he went on a school trip to a petting farm about a week before the patch started appearing.â€
â€œI think I know what it might be,â€ says the pharmacist. â€œIâ€™ll give you something that should clear it up, but if thereâ€™s no improvement within a week or so you will have to take him to your doctor.â€