Skin Pathology

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Review of Mosby’s Pathology for Massage Therapists, by Salvo and Anderson.

The skin is the largest organ in the human body and it acts as a shield that protects us from diseases, viruses, and infections. Yet the skin itself may acquire diseases just like any other part of the human body. The skin is also the first thing massage therapist notice on every human being because this is what we will be coming in contact with. We need to know what areas to avoid if any of the dermis is infected or agitated in some way. The types of dermal pathologies are: Macule, Papule, Patch, Plague, Wheal, Nodule, Tumor, Vesicle, Bulla, Pustule, Cyst, Telangiectasia, Scale, Lichenification, Keloid, Scar, Excoriation, Fissure, Erosion, Ulcer, Crust, and Atrophy. (On a more personal note… I can’t really decide which one is more gross!) All of these skin lesions have a long list of conditions, and the one I’ve had a close up look at was athlete’s foot because my father had it for a long time.

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