Definition of Plaque (skin)

plaque skinPlaque (skin) – raised, hardened, scaly lesions that form on the skin. Plaques characterize numerous dermatologic conditions.

They may itch, hurt, or flake and may occur in small clusters or cover large areas of skin.

Treatment for skin plaques targets the underlying conditions and includes measures to moisturize or soften the skin to help reduce the plaques. Topical corticosteroid medications or injections of corticosteroids into large plaques may help reduce them more quickly.

See also DERMATITISLESIONMACULENODULEPAPULEPSORIASIS; SCALE.

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