List of papules

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SymptomsSmall, well-defined bump in skin

A papule is a small, well-defined bump in the skin.[1]

Papules A-C

Condition Features Image
Angiofibromas of skin are a type of skin tumour and named for their location or by association with a genetic disorder.[4][5][6] Face: Multiple fibrous papules of the face; Small pink or red spots across the cheeks and nose in a butterfly distribution, previously incorrectly referred to as adenoma sebaceum.[4][7]
Mouth: Oral irritated fibroma; Firm smooth dome-shaped or pedunculated papule on inside of cheek, usually the same colour as the rest of the mouth lining, may be ulcerated or rough and scaly. Frequently due to chronic irritation such as cheek or lip biting, rubbing from a rough tooth or denture.[4][8]
Nail: Periungual angiofibroma; papules are smooth, firm, flesh-coloured and emerge from the nail folds.[4]
Nose: Fibrous papule of the nose; Common harmless dome shaped shiny firm papule (2-6 mm), sometimes bearing a central hair, typically on nose.[4][9][10]
Penis: Pearly penile papules; flesh-colored or white, dome-shaped or filiform, 1 mm - 4 mm, arranged in one or more rows around the corona of the glans penis and sometimes on the penile shaft.[4][11]
Acne Comedo; open or closed.[12]
Inflammatory papules[13]
Actinic keratosis Red scaling papule[2]
Angiokeratoma Typically dark red with or without scale, on scrotum[2]
Atopic dermatitis Scaling papule and plaques[2]
Basal cell carcinoma
Blue nevus
Blueberry muffin baby Purplish small bumps in skin of newborn due to skin producing blood, a function usually of skin usually ceased at around 5-months gestation.[14]
Cat-scratch disease
Cherry angioma [15]
Cholinergic urticaria

Papules D-F

Condition Features Image
Darier disease Warty, small, firm, skin-coloured, greasy papule that may merge into plaques and have yellow-black crust and feel rough and have an odour.[2]
Flat wart Vertuca plana
Fordyce spots
Fox–Fordyce disease

Papules G-K

Condition Features Image
Granuloma annulare
Halogen acne Acneiform eruption or worsening of existing acne, triggered by medicines containing halogens such as iodides, bromides and fluorides.[16]
Insect bite
Intraoral dental sinus Also called parulis, is an infected small bump on the gum.[17]
Kaposi sarcoma
Keratosis pilaris

Papules L-M

Lichen nitidus
Lichen planus Itchy, flat-topped, polygonal, purplish papules with white streaks, which can be solitary, in clusters or in a line.[2][18]
Lichen sclerosus
Lichen simplex chronicus
Lichen spinulosus
Molluscum contagiosum
Mycosis fungoides

Papules N-S

Condition Features Image
Papular purpuric gloves and socks syndrome
Parapsoriasis Salmon-coloured, slightly scaly, well-defined papules and plaques over trunk, arms and legs.[2]
Pityriasis rubra pilaris Small follicular papule, with pink to orange-red scale, that feel rough like a nutmeg grater.[2]
Polymorphous light eruption
Pseudoxanthoma elasticum
Psoriasis round, silvery scaling[2]
Pyogenic granuloma
Sebaceous hyperplasia
Seborrheic dermatitis [2]
Seborrheic keratosis Scales[2]
Skin tag
Secondary syphilis Diffuse, scaling papules, colour of fresh ham, on palms and soles, and flat-topped round fissured papule at the corner of the mouth[2]

Papules T-Z

Condition Features Image
Urticaria pigmentosa
Venous lake

See also


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  2. 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 2.11 Allen, Herbert B. (2010). "1. Papulosquamous diseases". Dermatology Terminology. Philadelphia: Springer. pp. 1–13. ISBN 978-1-84882-839-1. Archived from the original on 2023-07-01. Retrieved 2023-04-30.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 Dinulos, James G. H. (2019). "1. Principles of diagnosis and anatomy". Habif' Clinical Dermatology (7th ed.). Elsevier. p. 4. ISBN 978-0-323-61269-2. Archived from the original on 2023-05-21. Retrieved 2023-04-29.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 Macri, Angela; Kwan, Eddie; Tanner, Laura S. (2021). "Cutaneous Angiofibroma". StatPearls. StatPearls Publishing. Archived from the original on 2023-04-27. Retrieved 2021-11-03.
  5. Mocellin, Simone (2021). "57. Cutaneous angiofibroma". Soft Tissue Tumors: A Practical and Comprehensive Guide to Sarcomas and Benign Neoplasms. Switzerland: Springer Nature. pp. 189–192. ISBN 978-3-030-58709-3. Archived from the original on 2023-05-01. Retrieved 2023-04-30.
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  7. "Tuberous sclerosis". Archived from the original on 16 October 2021. Retrieved 23 September 2021.
  8. "Oral irritated fibroma | DermNet NZ". Archived from the original on 4 September 2022. Retrieved 29 September 2021.
  9. Damman, Jeffrey; Biswas, Asok (August 2018). "Fibrous Papule: A Histopathologic Review". The American Journal of Dermatopathology. 40 (8): 551–560. doi:10.1097/DAD.0000000000001083. ISSN 0193-1091. PMID 30028760. Archived from the original on 2021-10-18. Retrieved 2021-11-03.
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  11. Love, Lauren W.; Badri, Talel; Ramsey, Michael L. (2021). "Pearly Penile Papule". StatPearls. StatPearls Publishing. Archived from the original on 2020-11-11. Retrieved 2021-11-03.
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