Papules are skin lesions with a diameter less than one centimeter, characterized by sharp edges and variable form. They can be smooth, raised or sunken into the skin and cause the formation can be various dermatological disorders, atopic dermatitis allergic to that. The papules may also occur due to diseases such as chickenpox, candidiasis skin and psoriasis. Finally, adverse reactions to drugs or insect bites can lead to the appearance of these skin lesions.


What kind of diseases can be associated with papules?

The following diseases may be associated with papules:

  • Acne
  • Acrodermatite
  • Actinic keratosis
  • Dengue
  • Seborrheic dermatitis
  • Dermatophytosis
  • Ebola
  • Folliculitis
  • Herpes zoster
  • Leprosy
  • Lichen planus
  • Systemic lupus erythematosus
  • Cat-scratch disease
  • Molluscum
  • Pityriasis rosea
  • Psoriasis
  • Rosacea
  • Scabies
  • Syphilis
  • Toxoplasmosis
  • African trypanosomiasis
  • Smallpox
  • Chickenpox
  • Warts

Remember that this is not an exhaustive list and it is highly recommended to consult your doctor, in case of symptom’s persistence.



What is the therapy for papules?

In most cases, the papules disappear without the need to take medication. It is important to avoid contact with materials that can irritate the skin, to not scratch or rub the skin, wash with warm water, not hot, to not apply makeup, lotions or soaps aggressive affected area by papules and allow the skin to remain exposed to air.

If there is a problem at the base of atopic dermatitis, it can be useful to use products made ​​from oats, with strong soothing properties.


When is most likely to contact your doctor in case of papules?

It is good to consult your doctor if the papules appear shortly after taking new medication, are suspected to be due to tick bite of or are symptoms of an infectious disease such as chickenpox.