The word “rash” or “skin rash” is used quite frequently to describe a variety of skin conditions.
Rash is a generic term however and most people use the word rash to mean an eruption of skin lesions that covers areas of skin. In contrast, a single small lesion, like a pimple, mole, tumor, or growth, is not usually called a rash.
Properly diagnosing and treating a skin condition requires a more detailed understanding of the true cause of the condition.
In most situations simply using the term “skin rash” is not adequate.
The art and science of figuring out the cause of a rash involve determining its time course and features and specifically describing the type, shape, arrangement, distribution, size, color, and other features of the skin lesions using standard medical vocabulary.
The field of dermatology has a well-established terminology for describing skin lesions. These descriptive terms facilitate the diagnostic process because many diseases have distinctive features that fall into recognizable categories.
This course is designed to:
- Introduce students of all backgrounds to the key terms and clinical concepts of dermatology.
- Provide an introduction to the top list of dermatology conditions with which all students and clinicians should be
- Increase exposure to building a robust differential based on
the specific findings of a patient.