Absence of hair where it normally grows
Categorized as acquired or congenital
Most cases are acquired: Tinea capitis is most common, followed by traumatic alopecia and alopecia areata.
Question: Is the loss acquired or congenital? Is the alopecia treatable? Is it likely to be self-li...
Treatment of alopecia is guided by the underlying cause.
Most patients with alopecia areata do not need treatment, as regrowth will occur spontaneously. Other than reassurance...
Tinea capitis, alopecia areata, and traction alopecia
Hair will regrow, may take months
There is a poorer prognosis with alopecia universalis. <10% have full recovery.
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Castelo-Soccio L. ...
704.00 Alopecia, unspecified
110.0 Dermatophytosis of scalp and beard
704.01 Alopecia areata
704.09 Other alopecia
757.4 Specified anomalies of hair
312.39 Other disorders of impulse control
Q: When can children with tinea capitis return to school?
A: Once treatment with a systemic antifungal has begun, the child may return to school. A topical shampoo such as selenium sulfide or ketoc...
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