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Alopecia areata represents an autoimmune process against an unidentified autoantigen in the follicle of the hair, which affects all ages, from young children (a few months old) to elderly patients. Alopecia areata has an important impact on the quality of life, leading to a predisposition towards anxiety and depression, especially if the patients are treated with corticoid therapy that heightens the risk for such psychiatric disorders. We present the case of a patient with alopecia areata who was diagnosed at the age of 18 months, and had been followed-up until the age of 27 years.


Background: Self-induced skin lesions, especially in young children, can create confusion within pediatricians, dermatologists, or other medical care providers, leading to different diagnoses, unnecessary investigations, and delaying the correct therapeutic psychiatric evaluation.

Case report: We report the case of a 4-year-old boy who was referred to Dermatology after being hospitalized in the Allergy Department for a chronic allergic contact dermatitis. He had been previously diagnosed with chronic hand dermatitis, atopic dermatitis, and psoriasis, and treated with no favorable outcome. Scaly erythematous plaques were noticed on the dorsal aspects of both hands and on the lateral folds of the fingers. The skin lesions were distributed in a non-symmetrical way. A diagnosis of self-injurious behavior was presumed, and psychiatric evaluation was asked. The child was transferred to the Psychiatry Department, and a diagnosis of schizophrenia was concluded.


The present paper highlights the usefulness of 70% trichloroacetic acid in treating sebaceous hyperplasia in elderly patients. Esthetics are an important issue, and different therapeutic modalities can be used, such as systemic isotretinoin, surgical excision, electrocautery, cryosurgery, topical photodynamic therapy and laser, but all these methods are expansive and invasive procedures that may result in scars, which are more extensive than the original lesions.


Congenital skin aplasia, known more as aplasia cutis congenita (ACC), is a rare congenital disease, characterized by absence of the skin, observed since birth, more often affecting the scalp and rarely the trunk or limbs. We report here for the first time a non-syndromic localized ACC, characterized by a small solitary area of skin atrophy on the cervical area in a healthy 3-day-old female infant.


Background: Anogenital premalignancies and malignancies often affect females and males, and human papillomavirus infection plays a crucial role in their etiopathogenesis. These lesions are very important and represent an immense public health burden.

Case presentation: A 78-year-old Caucasian male presented to the Dermatology Unit for persistent, slowly progressing, well-demarcated, erythematous plaques on the glans penis, observed by the patient 18 months prior to the consultation. Variable topical treatments were applied, with no improvement and with the denial of a punch biopsy. A clinical diagnosis of erythroplasia of Queyrat was established and the test for HPV revealed an association with subtype 16 (which excluded other benign inflammatory conditions). Positive results were obtained after 4 weeks of topical application of 5% imiquimod cream, once daily, 5 times a week.

Conclusion: Erythroplasia of Queyrat should be diagnosed in a non-compliant patient based on the clinical picture and HPV testing even in the absence of a biopsy, and a non-surgical treatment should be initiated immediately.


Introduction: An ingrown toenail is a serious medical problem that cannot be overlooked, and the decision of choosing between conservative versus surgical treatment may be difficult in daily practice.

Case series presentation: We present the cases of two young men with a long history of ingrown toenails, previously treated by complete nail avulsion, numerous topical applications of antibiotics, and 5% silver nitrate, successfully treated with caustic chemical agents, compared to a 19-year-old athlete with debilitating pain, intense inflammatory changes, infection, granulation tissue induced by skin penetration of lateral nail edge by an incurved toenail, in whom surgical treatment was needed.

Conclusion: Chemical matricectomy in the absence of any surgical intervention, along with patience allowing the nail to grow, could be an option that is easy to perform in case of ingrown nails. However, the selection of cases is important, taking into balance the benefit-risk ratio.


Cystic fibrosis (CF) is an autosomal recessive affliction triggered by genetic mutations in the cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator. The lung and pancreas are the most frequently affected organs in cystic fibrosis, cutaneous involvement is undervalued and underdiag-nosed. Skin lesions observed in patients diagnosed with cystic fibrosis are not well known and can create confusions with other dermatological diseases. The diagnosis of cutaneous lesions as signs of cystic fibrosis by pediatricians or dermatologists, despite their overlapping with different nutritional deficiencies, would allow earlier diagnosis and proper treatment and could improve quality of life and outcomes.


Introduction: Pityriasis rosea (PR) is a widespread skin erythemato-squamous eruption, occurring mostly in young adults.

Case presentation: A 9-year-old patient presented with multiple lesions developed after streptococcal pharyngitis and erythema nodosum diagnosed and treated with penicillin prior to the PR.

Conclusion: This unique case should be considered a coincidence of two consecutive diseases.


Introduction: Lately, a new idea has caught the attention of young people of both genders, being debated in consultation rooms, during classes, and especially on social media: is using horse shampoo for human hair wrong or not?

Material and methods: A simple questionnaire about horse shampoo and its use in humans was addressed to 85 students.

Results: Thirty-eight responders were aware of its existence, 27 have tried it and 3 were still using it as a weekly shampoo. All positive responders were young women who declared being completely satisfied by horse shampoo and none of them have reported side effects.

Conclusion: Although it has good reviews, horse shampoo is not available in human pharmacies. As dermatologists, we are still looking for an answer.