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We all know that the day-to-day reality of being a doctor isn't really like an episode of House.
Yet some patients are clearly over-influenced by medical dramas, diagnosing themselves with all sorts of exotic ailments.
Sadly they don't often turn out to be right, according to a Reddit thread in which people who work in medicine shared the best - or worst - self-diagnoses they've come across over the years.
We collected some of the best responses below:
While a mate was studying podiatry, a fellow student diagnosed a patient with a likely melanoma on his foot. He called in someone qualified. Turns out it was sock fluff.