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Lichen planus - close-up
Lichen planus - close-up


Psoriasis, magnified x4
Psoriasis, magnified x4


Athlete's foot, tinea pedis
Athlete's foot, tinea pedis


Lichen planus on the arm
Lichen planus on the arm


Lichen planus on the hands
Lichen planus on the hands


Definition:

Scales are a visible peeling or flaking of outer skin layers.



Alternative Names:

Skin flaking



Considerations:



Common Causes:



Home Care:



Call your health care provider if:



What to expect at your health care provider's office:



References:

Rapini RP. Clinical and pathologic differential diagnosis. In: Bolognia JL, Jorizzo JL, Rapini RP, eds. Dermatology. 2nd ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Mosby Elsevier; 2008:vol 1.




Review Date: 5/2/2009
Reviewed By: Linda J. Vorvick, MD, Medical Director, MEDEX Northwest Division of Physician Assistant Studies, University of Washington, School of Medicine. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.

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