Disease Information for Pityriasis alba

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Clinical Manifestations
Signs & Symptoms
Cheek/facial skin distribution
Depigmented patches, skin
Hypopigmented macules/skin
Lateral arm skin distribution
Pale Spots arms/cheeks/sign
Plaques/cutaneous
White skin discoloration
Apparently well Silent disorder possible
Disease Progression
Course/Mild illness
Demographics & Risk Factors
Ethnic or Racial Factors
Armenian/population
Black/African american population
Event, Activity, Behavioral & Seasonal Factors
Event/Summertime manifestations
Associated Diseases & Rule outs
Rule Outs
Tinea versicolor
Vitiligo
Associated Disease & Complications
Vitiligo
Pityriasis alba
Disease Synergy - Causes
Synergy/Sunlight exposure
Disease Mechanism & Classification
Class
CLASS/Primary organ/system disorder (ex)
CLASS/Dermatologic/Subcutaneous (category)
Process
PROCESS/Idiopathic/unclassified/unknown (category)
PROCESS/Reference organ/system (category)
Definition

Pityriasis alba is a common skin condition mostly occurring in children and usually seen as dry, fine-scaled, pale patches on the face. It is self-limiting and usually only requires use of moisturiser creams.

The condition is so named for the fine scaly appearance initially present (pityriasis) and the pallor of the patches that develop (while "alba" is Latin for white, the patches in this condition are not totally depigmented) [Wickepedia online 2008]

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