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03 Oct 2006

Fine hair, scaly skin
I have two questions today: My 5-year old has very fine hair, especially the top "layer". When she was younger she had thick curly hair but now it looks like "bum-fluff"! It breaks off easy and is very frizzy. Anything I can do as she desperately wants long hair.
Other question is: She has a patch of dry red skin on the side of her mouth. I've tried anti-fungal creams, bactroban, skin calm etc but it's not clearing up. She is otherwise healthy and eats normal
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skindoc

01 Jan 0001

Let me tackle the red patch first. This is most likely a patch of eczema. Does your sun suffer from asthma/hay fever? I would suggest using a hydrocortisone cream twice daily for a week. If it is still there see a doctor. The hair problem is much more difficult. I assume the child has no other medical problems and also that the scalp shows no redness, scaling, crusting, or pimples. One must make sure that the hairs are structurally normal. There are abnormalities of the structure of the hairs that may lead to thin/frizzy hair. A skin specialist should take a sample of the hair and look at it under the microscope to determine whether the structure is normal. You must take it from there.
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