What types of skin lesions are found in pediatric atopic dermatitis (AD)?

Updated: Apr 26, 2021
  • Author: Robert A Schwartz, MD, MPH; Chief Editor: Dirk M Elston, MD  more...
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The following three classes of skin lesions are recognized:

  • Acute - Intensely pruritic erythematous papules and vesicles overlying erythematous skin; frequently associated with extensive excoriations and erosions accompanied by serous exudates

  • Subacute - Erythema, excoriation, and scaling

  • Chronic - Thickened plaques of skin, accentuated skin markings (lichenification), fibrotic papules (prurigo nodularis); possible coexistence of all 3 types of lesions in chronic atopic dermatitis

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