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My son is getting bald patches and he's only 13, does this have anything to do with his thalassemia?

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Dr. Bryan Levey
Pediatrics
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In brief: No

I don't know of baldness associated with thalassemia.
Some boys begin male pattern baldness in their teens, but if the bald patches are round, sharply demarcated, and are not inflamed or red or swollen, then it's probably something called alopecia areata. If the patches are inflamed, raised, crusty, or oozing, then it's probably an infectious problem. In any case, see your pediatrician.

In brief: No

I don't know of baldness associated with thalassemia.
Some boys begin male pattern baldness in their teens, but if the bald patches are round, sharply demarcated, and are not inflamed or red or swollen, then it's probably something called alopecia areata. If the patches are inflamed, raised, crusty, or oozing, then it's probably an infectious problem. In any case, see your pediatrician.
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Dr. Janesta Noland
Pediatrics

In brief: No

At least, most likely not! bald patches due to alopecia areata is quite common.
This can affect anyone of any age and any medical status. Stress can be a factor. That said, there are other potential causes such as scalp fungus and behavioral factors (hair pulling or twisting behaviors). Your pediatrician can help sort this out.

In brief: No

At least, most likely not! bald patches due to alopecia areata is quite common.
This can affect anyone of any age and any medical status. Stress can be a factor. That said, there are other potential causes such as scalp fungus and behavioral factors (hair pulling or twisting behaviors). Your pediatrician can help sort this out.
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