You asked: Can alopecia be misdiagnosed?

Diffuse alopecia areata: an atypical form often misdiagnosed. Med Cutan Iber Lat Am. 2012;40(4):117-119.

Can alopecia areata be misdiagnosed?

Misdiagnosis of alopecia areata occurs very commonly due to the common clini- cal presentation between this disease and other diffuse alopecia types such as telo- gen effluvium and androgenic alopecia (Zhao et al. 2012).

What can mimic alopecia?

Common conditions that mimic androgenetic alopecia include thyroid disease, iron deficiency anemia, and malnutrition.

Can a regular doctor diagnose alopecia?

Unfortunately, alopecia is not curable, but can and should be treated by a dermatologist. During diagnosis, a skin biopsy may be performed and examined to properly diagnose the alopecia.

What kind of doctor treats alopecia?

If you think you do have alopocia areata, you may want to see a dermatologist.

How do I know if I have scarring alopecia?

Scarring alopecia almost always burns out. The bald patches stop expanding and any inflammation, itching, burning, or pain goes away. In this end stage, another skin biopsy usually shows no inflammation around hair follicles. Bald areas usually have no more hair follicles.

Do alopecia patches get bigger?

Sometimes several small bald patches develop and merge into a larger bald area. Patches of body hair, beard, eyebrows or eyelashes may be affected in some cases, but this is unusual. Large bald patches develop in some people.

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