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For My 7 yrs boy, sticky dry hair falling found on crown of head getting bald past 5 months and it extends its area mostly downwards back of head, it is by hair problem or any internal and who to seek medical help ?

For My 7 yrs boy, sticky dry hair falling found on crown of head getting bald past 5 months and it extends its area mostly downwards back of head, it is by hair problem or any internal and who to seek medical help ?

Alopecia vs fungus: Child probably is developing alopecia. It would be important also to rule out a fungal infection of the scalp. Best would be to see a dermatologist who can do a Woods light examination and a KOH prep and tell you the diagnosis and treatment right away. If it is Alopecia he will also be able to guide you properly and reassure you. If required further work up can also be initiated. ...Read more

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4 y/o with bald spot on back of head. Scalp seems normal no itching at all but getting bigger. Causes? Pediatrician or Dermatology visit in order?

4 y/o with bald spot on back of head. Scalp seems normal no itching at all but getting bigger.  Causes?  Pediatrician or Dermatology visit in order?

Bald spot: Many possible causes including simply being on his/her back too much. I would advise seeing the baby's pediatrician first, they should be able to determine the cause and generally you should be able to see your pediatrician a lot sooner than a dermatologist. Good luck ...Read more

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I have alopecia areata i had it for 3years im 19 years old , I have bald patches quarter sizes on the top and back of my head. The bald patches come and go they move around my head i wanna know what treatment to take to gain my full head of hair back , i

No specific med: In all forms of alopecia areata, the hair follicles remain alive and are ready to resume normal hair production whenever they receive the appropriate signal. In all cases, hair regrowth may occur even without treatment and even after many years. There are no fda approved treatments specifically for alopecia areata, but you can try cortisone injection, topical monixidil, Anthralin cream. ...Read more

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My 10 yr old daughter suddenly has a bald patch on the back of her head. What would cause this? She is a normal healthy girl.

My 10 yr old daughter suddenly has a bald patch on the back of her head. What would cause this? She is a normal healthy girl.

The : The six main causes of patchy hair loss in an otherwise healthy child are: 1.) tinea capitus - which is ringworm on the scalp. It looks like scaly patched of hairloss, sometimes with black dots on the scalp. It's caused by a fungal infection and is treated by an oral anti-fungal medication called griseofulvin. 2.) alopecia areata - which is an area of hair loss thought to be caused by an immune reaction. The body mistakenly takes a hair follicle as a foreign object and fights it causing loss of hair in that area. 5% of people with this will progress to alopecia totalis which is loss of all the hair on the scalp. There is no cure, but treatment with steroids can help. 3.) trichotillomania - which is caused by picking or pulling the hair out in a specific area. It is usually caused by stress and improves with counseling. 4.) vitamin deficiency - less common since most kids in the us have a balanced diet. Zinc, biotin and iron deficiency can cause hair loss - more likely overall than patchy. 5.) telogen effluvium - a stressor such as a high fever, surgery, death of a loved one, or other stress can cause an interruption of the hair cycle and shedding all at once. Once the stressor goes away, the hair usually grows back normally. 6.) endocrine problems - such as low thyroid hormone which can cause thinning hair. You should contact your child's doctor and have her examined. Her doctor may be able to diagnose why she is losing her hair and how to treat it. ...Read more

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My 11 week old daughter has a swelling on the back of her head, she has a bald patch where she lies but instead of it being flat its bulging?

My 11 week old daughter has a swelling on the back of her head, she has a bald patch where she lies but instead of it being flat its bulging?

Hairless patch: If it doesn't hurt her, and isn't red or irritated, then it probably isn't anything to be worried about. Kids turn their heads to track things all the time and they tend to lose hair in that are due to friction. It always comes black. ...Read more

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Hair loss on back of head with little red spots?

Hair loss on back of head with little red spots?

Scalp hair loss : If patchy, see a dermatologist. If generally thinned hair, get your hormone levels checked. Can also occur due to severe stress and rarely some medications. ...Read more

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Tiny bald patch above lip, mustache hair. From using trimmer? Or something else? Hair is not growing back

Tiny bald patch above lip, mustache hair. From using trimmer? Or something else? Hair is not growing back

Alopecia Areata: This sounds like it might be alopecia areata, which commonly presents as roundish bald patches in the scalp or other areas. This may be an auto-allergy to your own hair follicles. I'd recommend you see your dermatologist for proper diagnosis and discussion of treatment options. If it is alopecia areata, cortisone creams or properly done cortisone injections can stimulate regrowth of the hair. ...Read more

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Help my girlfriend has alopecia, bald patches on her head. Are there any remedies to this? Is there anything she could do or change to help stop this.

See a dermatologist: A dermatologist needs to see your girlfriend to examine what is going on. Discrete bald spots suggests alopecia areata. This can often resolve on its own but sometimes requires injection of the patches with a low concentration of a steroid. This can help reduce any inflammation that may be preventing the hair from growing. ...Read more

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What causes alopecia?I just found a bald spot in the back of my head thats the size of a half dollar.My brother and neice have alopecia.

What causes alopecia?I just found a bald spot in the back of my head thats the size of a half dollar.My brother and neice have alopecia.

Alopecia areata: Alopecia areata is an autoimmune disease. Autoimmune means that the body's immune system attacks the body. When alopecia areata develops, the body attacks its own hair follicles. A person's genetic makeup, combined with other factors, triggers this form of hair loss. People can have this type of hair loss at any age. Some patients with alopecia areata have a family member who also has the disease. ...Read more

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Hi i have alopecia areata and i have no eyebrows and eyelahses started to fall out, also i have small bald patches behinf my head 2 of them on bottom.

Hi i have alopecia areata and i have no eyebrows and eyelahses started to fall out, also i have small bald patches behinf my head 2 of them on bottom.

Alopecia areata: Alopecia means loss of hair or baldness. There are several different causes and patterns of alopecia. Alopecia areata is one type of hair loss.At least half of the people with alopecia areata develop their first patch of hair loss before they are 21. Males and females are equally affected. http://patient.info/health/alopecia-areata ...Read more

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Is alopecia areata linked to chantix, and can anything be done? About a year ago, i took chantix for about 4-6 weeks. 4-8 weeks after stopping the drug, i noticed a bald spot in my facial hair. Then another. Then on the back of my head (not in a normal

Chantix and Alopecia: Not proven, but her are some interesting data that hint at it. Could Chantix cause hair loss? - ehealthme could Chantix cause hair loss? We studied 60, 675 Chantix users from fda. Among them, 184 have hair loss. See who they are, when they have it and more www.Ehealthme.Com/ds/chantix/hair+loss. ...Read more

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My child has a bald patch where he bumped his head, is this normal?

My child has a bald patch where he bumped his head, is this normal?

Coincidence: Only way to find out is to have your pediatrician take a look. For your own peace of mind make an appointment. ...Read more

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Does having a small hairless (not very visible) space at the top back of the head a sign of going bald ? (Age 20)

Does having a small hairless (not very visible) space at the top back of the head a sign of going bald ? (Age 20)

Ain't necessarily so: If your parents went bald at an early age that is a much stronger indicator. If it's in your genetic inheritance then it is. Anyhow you can get a workup and learn to deal with it. ...Read more

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I have a bald patch on the left side of my head about 3 inches in size, I have allways had it and so does my cousin. What can I do ?

I have a bald patch on the left side of my head about 3 inches in size, I have allways had it and so does my cousin. What can I do ?

Alopecia areata: Your dermatologist might have a way to help. Local injection of steroid, cream to irritate/stimulate/inflamme bald spots(called irritant contact dermatitis) or hair transplant all have been tried with some success. ...Read more

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Hi there I'm starting to get 2-3 different bald patches on my head some bigger than others I'm only 25 is this common for people my age?

Genetics: All depends on your genes. If you have other men in your family that are bald or balding then you likely are experiencing male patterned baldness. If you have other associated symptoms might be worth checking your thyroid level as well. Talk to your doctor about your concerns, there are products/procedures/medications that can limit hair loss if you catch it early enough ...Read more

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