Dermatological Pathologies

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

Chapter 3– This chapter is about dermatological pathologies. The whole chapter is about diseases/pathologies that occur on/under the skin. This is important to a massage therapist because it helps them determine how to go about their treatment plan. Most of the skin diseases make it so the therapist cannot massage or palpitate the affected area. This means the therapist may have to adjust his/her treatment plan. Some of the pathologies discussed include acne, athlete’s foot, a bruise, burns, cellulitis, chickenpox, contact dermatitis, corn/callus, decubitus ulcer, eczema, folliculitis, furuncle, german measles, herpes simplex, hives, ichthyosis vulgaris, impetigo, jock itch, lice, measles, onychomycosis, open wounds, paronychia, petechiae, psoriasis, ringworm, rosacea, scabies, scars, scleroderma, sebaceous cyst, seborrheic dermatitis, seborrheic keratosis, shingles, skin tags, stretch marks, thrust, wart, and xerosis. I had heard of almost all of these diseases but I learned a little more about each in this chapter. The pictures were also very helpful in understanding the disease a little more. The Chapter also distinguishes the difference between skin lesions. Some of the different kinds are macule, papule, patch, plaque, wheal, nodule and etc (found on pages 62-68). The last part of the chapter talks about different skin pigmentation issues. The ones discusses were age spots, albinism, birthmarks, chloasma, freckle, and vitiligo. I really enjoyed learning about Ichthyosis vulgaris in this chapter. In fact, I was so fascinated by this particular disease I researched it further. I also learned about the progression from a freckle to a malignant melanoma found on page 91 (figure 3-63).

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