Boy has areas of alopecia, scaly plaques on scalp – Let’s Diagnose

A 7-year-old boy was brought to the pediatrician by his mother. They had recently resettled in the United States after more than a year in a crowded refugee camp. His mother pointed out some areas of non-scarring alopecia and fine scaly plaques on the child’s scalp. He had complained about scalp tenderness and itching for the last couple of months.

Is it seborrheic dermatitis, tinea capitis, psoriasis, or folliculitis?

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