THE RED, SCALY SPOT

By Gary M. White, MD


This page contains links to diseases that may present as a solitary, slowly growing, red, scaly spot. Note that these conditions rarely occur in children.

Acute Onset

Nummular Eczema. Although usually multiple, eczema may present as a solitary lesion. Note the redness and scale uniformly throughout the lesion compared with tinea below.
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Tinea Corporis. Note the active edge.
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Impetigo. Occasionally, a single lesion of impetigo can look similar, but usually there is honey-colored crust and erosions.

Neoplasms

Bowen's Disease
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Actinic Keratosis
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Superficial Basal Cell Carcinoma
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Squamous Cell Carcinoma
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Amelanotic Lentigo Maligna and Melanoma

Cutaneous T-Cell Lymphoma
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