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Year : 2016  |  Volume : 82  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 304-305

Minoxidil-induced hypertrichosis in a 4-year-old child

Consultant Dermatologist

Date of Web Publication6-Apr-2016

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Shyam B Verma
18, Amee Society, Near Rajanigandha Apartments, Diwalipura, Vadodara - 390 015, Gujarat, India

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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/0378-6323.174406

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How to cite this article:
Verma SB. Minoxidil-induced hypertrichosis in a 4-year-old child. Indian J Dermatol Venereol Leprol 2016;82:304-5

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Verma SB. Minoxidil-induced hypertrichosis in a 4-year-old child. Indian J Dermatol Venereol Leprol [serial online] 2016 [cited 2021 Jan 18];82:304-5. Available from:

A 4-year-old girl presented with hypertrichosis of forehead and sides of face 5 weeks after being prescribed 5% topical minoxidil lotion for treatment of alopecia areata on both parietal areas. There was no history of receiving topical and/or systemic corticosteroids.
Figure 1: (a and b) Hypertrichosis of the forehead and cheeks

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Minoxidil prescribed for the scalp is known to cause hypertrichosis on other skin areas, too. This adverse effect is probably mediated by inadvertent transfer of the topical application since only an insignificant amount of about 1.4% of the dose applied gets absorbed systemically.

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