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Skin Lesions

Alternate Names : Lesions on the Skin

Skin Lesions | Symptoms & Signs | Diagnosis & Tests | Prevention & Expectations | Treatment & Monitoring

What can be done to prevent the condition?

Prevention depends on the cause. It is often difficult to prevent skin lesions. Someone with allergies should avoid contact with the substance that causes the skin break out, whenever possible. Routine childhood vaccines can prevent some infections, such as measles and chickenpox, which cause skin lesions. Skin cancer protection includes avoiding unnecessary exposure to the sun. People with fair skin are particularly warned to avoid skin cancer risks..

What are the long-term effects of the condition?

Some skin lesions, such as severe acne, may cause permanent scarring of the skin. Other lesions may become infected because of skin breakdown. In very rare cases, skin lesions can result in death. This can occur in the case of a severe allergic skin reaction.

For most skin lesions, the long-term effects are related to the underlying cause. For example, cancer or serious infections that cause skin lesions may result in death. Skin lesions associated with pregnancy often go away after delivery.

What are the risks to others?

In some cases, skin lesions can be due to a contagious infection and may be spread to others. In most cases, however, skin lesions pose no risk to others.

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Author: Adam Brochert, MD
Reviewer: Melissa Sanders, PharmD
Date Reviewed: 07/24/01

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