A small round raised area has appeared on my 26-year-old son's face, paler in color than his usual tan. No pain or pus, but also no hair growth, diameter of area is 3/8." Note: he is active surfer and tennis player.
Person's Gender: Male
Person's Age: 26
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Good evening. Would it be possible to forward a photograph?
Well, I have made several attempts to insert image or attach but for some reason it's not working. If I had an email address, I could email to you. Thanks.
I have two photos I could send -- one from June 6 when it first appeared, and one from today, June 25. Just need an email address please.
Try sending it here by clicking on the paper clip icon to upload.
If this does not work please use photobucket or picasa and send the link here.
The above does not work if you are suing Safari or Google Chrome.
Is it not possible to use email?
You can but it does not come directly to me so it takes a bit longer. You can send it to XXXXXXX@XXXXXXXXXX.XXX and ask them to send it to me.
Probably will receive the pictures tomorrow.
Okay, will do that now. Thanks.
You're welcome. Look forward to receiving them and helping.
Just sent them. Look forward to hearing from you.
Good...but it does take a little while so please be patient.
So... I emailed the photos as you asked. And I have been patiently waiting (as you asked) for two days for your answer. Still have no response from you... so how am I supposed to "rate" your response? Would LOVE to hear from you!
Thanks. I will check again.
I did find the photographs at last. I apologize but they were mixed in with others. This appears to be alopecia areata. This condition is felt to be autoimmune in that the body produces cells which release chemicals which attack the hair follicles. The hair follicles are not permanently damaged and the hair should regrow in the area. The best treatment is injections of cortisone into the area. Sometimes, alopecia areata will respond to some creams such as Protopic or mid strength steroid cream such as Fluticasone cream.
The hair often will regrow spontaneously.
Happy to answer further questions or clarify the above.
Thank you so much. Is there any over-the-counter alternative to prescription Protopic or Fluticasone?
Thank you. You have been very helpful! Will rate you for great service now.
Really appreciate your help.
Ready to rate & pay but keep getting notice that "expert has not finished answering." I think we're done. I'm happy. So will wait for confirming email. Thanks again.
Thank you. Please let me know whether you have other questions.
30 years practice in general and cosmetic dermatology