From Health Facts
Latest Edit: Iva 2012-03-30 (EDT)
The apperance of abnormal changes, or lesions, in the skin is an important element in diagnosis and treatment.
- Skin Colour - The normal colour of the skin depends on ethnic origin. Skin colour changes that may indicate an underlying condition or concern include: paleness, yellowness, redness, purple discolouration, brown spots, black spots or areas of skin.
- Primary Lesions are the earliest changes to appear and include macule or patch, papule, plaque, nodule, pustule, vesicle, bulla, wheal or hive.
- Secondary Lesions result either from the development of primary lesions or from manipulation of the primary lesion. They include scales, crust, erosion, ulcer, fissure, atrophy and scar.
- Other Skin Lesions include excoriation, comedo, milia, cyst, burrow, lichenification, telangiectasia, petechiae, purpura and acanthosis.
- Other characteristics associated with the skin include: dry skin, hyperpigmentation, tone and texture of the skin.