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    Describing a Child's Skin Condition

    Terms used to describe a skin condition

    Your child's healthcare provider may use some of the terms below to describe your child's skin condition.

    Atrophic

    Thin, wrinkled

    Blister

    Fluid-filled bump under or within the top layer of skin

    Crust/scab

    Formation of dried blood, pus, or other skin fluid over a break in the skin

    Cyst

    Thin-walled lesion that contains fluid or other material, is under the skin, and may be deep in tissue

    Excoriation

    A scratch

    Hives/wheals

    Welts/urticaria

    Pink or white swelling of the skin

    Lesion

    Abnormal mark or change on the skin

    Lichenification

    Skin that has thickened usually due to scratching

    Macule

    Small, flat, discolored spot

    Nodule/papule

    Solid, raised bump

    Patch

    Large, 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

    Online Medical Reviewer: Dozier, Tennille, RN, BSN, RDMS
    Online Medical Reviewer: Lehrer, Michael Stephen, MD
    Date Last Reviewed: 3/1/2017
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