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Papule

 

A papule is a solid or cystic raised spot on the skin that is less than 1 centimeter (cm) wide. It is a type of skin lesion.

 

References

Habif TP. Principles of diagnosis and anatomy. In: Habif TP, ed. Clinical Dermatology. 6th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier; 2016:chap 1.

 
  • Molluscum contagiosum - close-up

    Molluscum contagiosum - close-up - illustration

    Molluscum is a viral infection which generally goes away by itself (is self-limited). The lesions are typically raised, firm, flesh-colored bumps (papules) with a pearly or smooth shiny appearance.

    Molluscum contagiosum - close-up

    illustration

  • Molluscum contagiosum - close-up of the chest

    Molluscum contagiosum - close-up of the chest - illustration

    Molluscum is a benign infection which is generally self-limited. The lesions are typically raised, firm, flesh-colored bumps (papules) with a pearly or smooth shiny appearance. These are classical appearing Molluscum. The large lesion in the center is one that has been picked and scratched and shows evidence of low-grade inflammation.

    Molluscum contagiosum - close-up of the chest

    illustration

  • Lichen nitidus on the abdomen

    Lichen nitidus on the abdomen - illustration

    Lichen nitidus consists of tiny flesh colored to pink raised lesions (papules). The papules are asymptomatic but persist for long periods of time. They generally occur only on the abdomen, flexor surfaces of the elbows and palms, and on the male genitalia.

    Lichen nitidus on the abdomen

    illustration

    • Molluscum contagiosum - close-up

      Molluscum contagiosum - close-up - illustration

      Molluscum is a viral infection which generally goes away by itself (is self-limited). The lesions are typically raised, firm, flesh-colored bumps (papules) with a pearly or smooth shiny appearance.

      Molluscum contagiosum - close-up

      illustration

    • Molluscum contagiosum - close-up of the chest

      Molluscum contagiosum - close-up of the chest - illustration

      Molluscum is a benign infection which is generally self-limited. The lesions are typically raised, firm, flesh-colored bumps (papules) with a pearly or smooth shiny appearance. These are classical appearing Molluscum. The large lesion in the center is one that has been picked and scratched and shows evidence of low-grade inflammation.

      Molluscum contagiosum - close-up of the chest

      illustration

    • Lichen nitidus on the abdomen

      Lichen nitidus on the abdomen - illustration

      Lichen nitidus consists of tiny flesh colored to pink raised lesions (papules). The papules are asymptomatic but persist for long periods of time. They generally occur only on the abdomen, flexor surfaces of the elbows and palms, and on the male genitalia.

      Lichen nitidus on the abdomen

      illustration


     

    Review Date: 9/3/2016

    Reviewed By: Linda J. Vorvick, MD, Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Family Medicine, UW Medicine, School of Medicine, University of Washington, Seattle, WA. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Isla Ogilvie, PhD, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.

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