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White patches on face and nails

Hi , I have 3 year old boy, i can see white patch on his face not scaly. it came last year also then gone. now again it come. he has white marks on nails also.
Asked On : Sun, 25 Mar 2012
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Dermatologist 's  Response

welcome to healthcare magic.

i will be glad to be of assistance.

i can understand your concern.

it can be quite distressing to see white patches on the face of a child. there are many causes to it.

the most common cause is a harmless condition called pityriasis alba. its an eczema that occurs very commonly in young children and they come and go. they are harmless and a mild cream like cortisone cream 1% or desonide cream can be applied twice a day for a week on it.

nothing to worry about. i would recommend that you look up pictures of pityriasis alba online and see it matches his condition.

please let me know if you have any queries.
Answered: Fri, 11 May 2012
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Dermatologist Dr. Puvvula Kishore Kumar's  Response
Thanks for choosing HCM..,
white patch on the face in the children..,
frequently come and go....usually due to..,
PITRIASIS is harmless condition and commonly..,
seen in children and adolscents..,
Pityriasis alba is a common skin condition first characterized by red, scaly patches...,
These patches resolve leaving areas of scaling hypo-pigmentation....,
or lighter coloration. ...,
Patients do not usually seek treatment of the lesions until this stage because of the concern for the appearance of the scales...,
The cause of pityriasis alba is unknown,..
although it has been regarded as a....,
manifestation of another skin disorder called atopic dermatitis....,
1) Pityriasis alba sometimes works itself out spontaneously and does not always require treatment. 2) A moisturizer cream or lotion may be recommended to retain moisture in the skin...,
EWlovera...MF from Grace well will give good result ....apply morning times...,
3) A low potency topical corticosteroid may also be...,(ELOCON...Momentasone- fulford)
prescribed to decrease inflammation and reduce symptoms...,
4) Elidel, a nonsteroidal topical cream.....,
can also reduce itching and redness associated with pityriasis alba for those over the age of two...,
5) Good nutrtion diet , Avoidance of sun exposure and fresh fruits will give..,
satisfactory results..,thanQ
Answered: Fri, 11 May 2012
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