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Content updated on Sep 20, 2022

What is follicular mucinosis?

This is an uncommon condition where there are bald patches and spots/patches/papules (small raised areas) on the skin around hair follicles. This often involves the skin of the face, neck or scalp, but can occur anywhere. Mucin, a family of proteins, is deposited in one of the skin layers, but the exact mechanism of this condition is unknown. Variants of this condition can occur in children, young adults and older adults.

Symptoms of follicular mucinosis

  • Hair loss

Questions your doctor may ask to check for follicular mucinosis

Your doctor may ask these questions to diagnose follicular mucinosis

  • Have you felt that you are losing more hair recently?

Treatment for follicular mucinosis

There are no specific treatments and the condition usually improves by itself within 2 years. Medications like corticosteroids and antibiotics have been used to mixed success, as well as radiation or phototherapy.

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  • Hair loss


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