8 types of skin lesions and their symptoms

A skin lesion is a term which defines the abnormal growth or any abnormal symptom of the skin. Skin lesion can develop due to a simple cut or scrape and they almost always leave dense marks behind. There are two types of skin lesions and these include the primary and secondary category. There are various factors that can cause skin lesions in different people and they have different symptoms in each person.

  • Blisters Blisters are also commonly known as vesicles and they can be caused due to a sunburn, insect bites, steam burns, viral infections, and friction from shoes or clothes. These are generally small skin lesions, which are filled with clear liquid.
  • Acne Acne is the most common type of skin lesions and these generally develop on the neck, face, chest, shoulders, and upper back. If you leave the acne untreated, it will leave a scar or darken that area of the skin. Acne can be caused due to a variety of factors like a poor diet, stress, lack of hydration.
  • Macule When you have marks and flat moles on your skin, then these lesions are known as the macula. Generally, a macule is a small spot, which develops on the skin and has a red, brown or white color. The size of a macule is very small and it can be about one centimeter in diameter.
  • Cold sore Another common skin lesion is a cold sore. A cold sore mostly appears near the lips or mouth and it is a painful, red blister filled with fluid. Most of the times, prior to the appearance of the cold sore, the area on which it is going to appear will burn or itch a lot. You can also feel the onset of a low fever, have swollen lymph nodes, and body aches while having cold sores.
  • Nodule A nodule is the generally bigger size of the skin lesion. It is raised and solid skin lesion, which is about two centimeters in diameter.
  • Actinic keratosis This skin lesion looks like a patch on the skin and can be thick, crusty, or scaly. This skin lesion is not very big in size. It is generally pink in color, but its base can also appear brown, gray or tan-colored. These lesions generally form on those parts of the body that are exposed to sun rays daily.
  • Papule The papule is another form of skin lesion, which has a rough texture. It has been noticed that all the papules appear next to each other forming a patch. This patch of papules is known as a plaque. People who have a skin condition called psoriasis, mostly have to deal with this problem.
  • Impetigo Impetigo is the type of skin lesion, which generally affects children and infants. Impetigo appears in the form of rashes on the body of the children, mostly on their chin, mouth, and nose. The symptoms of impetigo include honey-colored rashes with blisters filled with fluid and crust.