What is Folliculitis Decalvans?

Folliculitis decalvans belongs to a group of disorders called cicatricial or scarring alopecias that destroy the hair follicle, replace it with scar tissue, and eventually causes permanent hair loss. Decalvans is a term derived from the Latin meaning “making bald.”  Folliculitis decalvans is further classified as a neutrophilic scarring alopecia, based upon the type of inflammation (neutrophils) seen on routine biopsies in the early stages of the disease.  This condition typically starts with crops of red bumps around the base of the hair follicles, which then develop marked inflammation, pustules formation, crusting and eventually patchy hair loss.


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