When looking at an obvious skin disease, how does one differentiate a lesion from satellite lesions? How does one know what a lesion actually is at all?
I had a student who came to me clearly upset and asked me to take a look at what she referred to as a rash on her stomach. I was a little uncomfortable with this, but I knew her well and her parents.
I looked and was shocked at what I saw. This was not just a typical poison ivy or oak rash. This was multiple (probably 20 or more) lesions that were violently red across her entire abdomen and seemed to go on up onto her torso.
She said that they itched and burned. Lesion just seems like the appropriate word, but what could this possibly be? One lesion with many satelite lesions, or something that is not a lesion at all.
I tried my best to convince her to go to a doctor, but her parents do not have health insurance and do not qualify for public assistance.