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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.


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

Pustule (pimple)

Inflamed lesions that appear to contain pus


Dead skin cells that form flakes


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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