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Describing a Child's Skin Condition

Describing a Child's Skin Condition

Terms used to describe a skin condition

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

Atrophic

Thin, wrinkled

Blister

Fluid-filled under or within the epidermis

Crust/scab

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

Cyst

Thin-walled lesion that contains fluid and 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

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

Reviewed Date: 05-17-2015

Descripción de una Condición de la Piel

Disclaimer: This information is not intended to substitute or replace the professional medical advice you receive from your child's physician. The content provided on this page is for informational purposes only, and was not designed to diagnose or treat a health problem or disease. Please consult your child's physician with any questions or concerns you may have regarding a medical condition.