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I was shaving my boyfriend's...
I was shaving my boyfriend's head and i noticed that there were two small, round areas of his skin that are lighter than the rest (as if he got a tan but those spots were covered with sunscreen). One is the size of a pea and the other is slightly smaller and they are right next to each other.
The skin doesn't appear abnormal in any other way (no peeling, it isn't raised or feel any different from his normal skin) and it isn't itchy or painful.
What could this be and should he see a doctor? He doesn't have insurance, so unless it's very concerning, he'd rather not. I will watch them closely for any changes.
Submitted: 8 years ago.Category: Dermatology
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These are most likely to be patches of alopecia areata.This is a disease of unknown etiology most often associated with stress.Circumscribed patches of alopecia without any signs of inflammation is the characteristic feature.The lesions recover in 90% cases within a year even without treatment.Treatment modalities include intralesional triamcinolone injection, topical minoxidil and topical steroid lotions.
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