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A healthcare provider may ask you to describe your skin condition and its location. Here are some of the more common terms that may help you give a more accurate description:
What it looks like
A closed, painful pocket containing pus
Thin, dry, wrinkled skin
Blister or vesicle
Fluid-filled bump under or in the epidermis (the surface of the skin) that is less than 1 cm in size
Crust or scab
Formation of dried blood, plasma, or pus over a break in the skin
Enclosed sac in skin containing fluid or solid material
An erosion with loss of the epidermis, caused by scratching
Hives or wheals
Pink or white localized swelling of the skin that is often itchy
Skin that has become thickened, hardened, or leathery with skin markings from chronic scratching
Small, flat, discolored spot, less than 1 cm
Nodule or papule
Solid, raised bumps. A nodule is greater than 1 cm, and a papule is less than or equal to 1 cm.
Flat, large (greater than 1 cm) discolored area
A raised or depressed area of skin that is greater than 1 cm in diameter
Inflamed, raised lesions that contain pus
A buildup of dead skin cells that form flakes
Fibrous tissue that forms after a skin injury
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