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Medical - Medical (general) / Psoriasis questionnaire
|English term or phrase: flaking vs. scaling|
|I am currently working on a questionnaire for patients with psoriasis. There is one question that asks for special symptoms and whether they have occured. |
Can anybody explain the difference between flaking and scaling? Is flaking a mild form of scaling?
|English translation:don't know about medically accurate terminology, but...|
My understanding of the difference, at least in layman's terms, would be that 'scaling' refers to the skin forming 'plates' or scales (think of what happens when mud dries ou on the bed of a pond, and cracks form), which may then peel off (like small, individual scabs), whereas 'flaking' suggests simply loss of dry skin cells that are maybe lighter, smaller, just like dandruff. Scales you can 'pick' off, whereas flakes you would probably 'rub' off.
In my limited contact with these conditions in a medical field, this has been my outside observer's interpretation of what I saw...
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if it falls off
If it falls off, it flakes, if it doesn't, it scales.
At least as far as I can see.