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Health Library : Dermatology


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
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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