A patient may try to conceal a visible lesion in a number of ways. A physician may need to see these lesions since they can be clues to an underlying diagnosis.
Some things that a patient may try to hide:
(2) skin tumors
(4) deformities or scars
(5) nail defects
(6) skin rash or eruption
A person may try to hide something visible because s/he:
(1) is embarrassed by it
(2) thinks that it is unsightly
(3) wants to hide it
Concealing something on the head or neck:
(1) grow a beard or moustache (if male)
(2) comb over hair or wear a wig
(4) dark glasses
(6) small bandaid
Concealing abnormal nails or skin on the hands or feet:
(1) nail polish
(2) artificial nails
(3) gloves or socks
(4) small bandaid
Torso or limbs:
(1) clothing including long-sleeve shirts
The physician should not leave any stone unturned during the examination.
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