Excoriations

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Excoriations are the destruction or removal of the surface of the skin or the tissue covering an organ.

Excoriations may be caused by scratching, scraping, or chemicals. In cases in which excoriation results from the skin being scratched by the patient due to the irritation of the skin, linear crusts and erosions may result. This can happen when, for example, the patient has scratched itching eczema or dermatitis while asleep.

Excoriations are included in this section because this is a type of skin lesion. Study of skin lesions is required as part of many courses in aspects of health and holistic therapies, especially bodywork therapies.

See also types of skin lesions (all on one page). This may interest students of massage, reflexology, holistic treatments of various types, beauty therapies, and other health related courses.

Further information about skin includes the structure of skin (with diagram), an explanation of what dermatology means and includes and textbooks about dermatology.

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