Traditional herbal medicine is very common in the Anatolian regions and has been used for centuries. In this study, it was aimed to show the course of dermatitis in cases of phyto contact dermatitis caused by buttercups when the patients presented at different times after the application. 3 patients who lived in the same region presented at the family practice clinic because of lesions which emerged after the topical application of plants from the Ranunculaceae family for knee pain. The patients presented on the 1st, 4th and 15th day respectively after application and were all diagnosed with irritant phyto contact dermatitis. In Turkey, particularly amongst the elderly, the use of herbal treatments is greater than has been estimated. Therefore, when family practitioners observe lesions particularly on joint surfaces, the use of plant extracts must be questioned.