June 19, 2006

Alopecia Areata

Ok, so I'm starting to feel like Evan is collecting diseases and disorders. About a month ago we noticed he has a small bald spot, about the size of a quarter on the back of his head. We didn't think too much of it but had his pediatrician look at it when Evan was being seen for something else. She recommended having a dermatologist do a scraping to see if it was caused by something fungal.

So, today we were off to yet another specialist. The dermatologist doesn't think it is caused by a fungus--it's possible but unlikely. He thinks it's more likely Alopecia Areata.

Latin Translation:
Alopecia--hair loss

Makes sense to me. So he gave us a topical steroid cream to put on it and he's having the hair follicles tested, so we'll see what happens. Here's more info than you ever wanted to know about Alopecia Areata:



Anonymous said...

Maybe it's hereditary. I have had a small bald spot since birth.

And I know Dad has had one since Rob was born.


Mama Lisa said...

Well, he's in good company then!

Do you think Rob gave Evan the bald spot too? I'll have to go check my head! You know, now that you mention it, I never had any grey hair until I met Rob! Hmmmm, something to think about!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the humorous daily updates and the cute picture. Is it Murphy's law or someone elses that proves that when you get the car to the garage it heals and when you get a kid to a doctor, the symptoms hide. But in the meantime, Evan is spreading his charm throughout. We're all thinking of you and praying for y'all. Arlene