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Describing a Skin Condition

How to describe a skin condition:

A physician may ask you to describe your child's dermatological condition and its location. Here are some of the more common terms that may help you in providing a more accurate description:

atrophic thin, wrinkled
blister fluid-filled bump
crust/scab formation of dried blood, pus, or other skin fluid over a break in the skin
cyst deeply seated lesion that contains material
excoriation a scratch
hives/wheals pink or white swelling of the skin
lichenification skin that has thickened
macule flat, discolored spot
nodule/papule solid, raised bump
raised bumps bumps that stick out above the skin surface
patch flat, discolored spot
pustule (pimple) inflamed lesions that appear to contain pus
scales dead skin cells that form flakes
scar fibrous tissue that has formed after a skin injury

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It is important to remember the health information found on this website is for reference only not intended to replace the advice and guidance of your healthcare provider. Always seek the advice of your physician with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your physician or 911 immediately.

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