Pityriasis Alba: A Condition with Possibly Multiple Etiologies
Craig G. Burkhart *, 1, Craig N. Burkhart 2
Identifiers and Pagination:Year: 2009
First Page: 7
Last Page: 8
Publisher Id: TODJ-3-7
Article History:Received Date: 03/11/2008
Revision Received Date: 16/12/2008
Acceptance Date: 17/12/2008
Electronic publication date: 21/1/2009
Collection year: 2009
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Pityriasis alba is a common hypomelanosis which is generally seen in young children. There is no specific known cause for this condition; however, studies to elucidate pathogenic factors seem to suggest that there are at least five separate causes for the condition. This list includes dermatitis, photosensitivity, fungal and bacterial pathogenesis, and post-inflammatory alterations. An evaluation into causative factors translates into alternative therapeutic options, which may be advantageous with affected individuals.