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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

Blister

Crust/scab

Cyst

Excoriation

Hives/wheals

Welts/urticaria

Lesion

Lichenification

Macule

Nodule/papule

Patch

Pustule (pimple)

Scales

Scar

Thin, wrinkled

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

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

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

A scratch

Pink or white swelling of the skin

Abnormal mark or change on the skin

Skin that has thickened usually due to scratching

Small, flat, discolored spot

Solid, raised bump

Large, flat, discolored spot

Inflamed lesions that appear to contain pus

Dead skin cells that form flakes

Fibrous tissue that has formed after a skin injury