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Skin Conditions and Children of Color

Skin Conditions and Children of Color
From Carrie Craft,
Your Guide to Adoption / Foster Care.

When adopting or fostering beyond your own culture lines you may be faced with different skin issues that are unfamiliar. Here is a short list of skin conditions that are common among children of different races and ethnicity.

Acne Keloidalis - Circular elevations of the skin on neck.

Cafe-Au-Lait-Spot - Light tan spot appearing on some Black children.

Coining - Small red circles on an Asian child's body. Resembles a cigarette burn.

Dermatosis Papulsa Nigra - Dark bumps most commonly found on African Americans.

Infantile Ocropustulosis - Breakout on the palms, soles, fingers, and toes mostly found on Black, male infants.

Keloids - Mass of shiny, bubbly skin

Mongolian Spot - Dark spot located on lower back in Black, Asian, and Hispanic children.

Nevus of Ota and Nevus of Ito - Bluish gray lesions seen on Black and Asian females.

Normal Line of Demarcation - Dark line on skin.

Pityriasis Alba - Scaly patches of skin.

Pomade Acne - Acne on the forehead and temples.

Ringworm - Appears to be red, slightly elevated scaly patches.

Vitilego - Loss of color in the skin.


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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