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Alopecia Barbae Spreading
Female recently diagnosed with alopecia. Keeps spreading. Can't get in to a derm until july. Anything I can do in mean time to stop spread and itch?
1: Find another dermatologist who would see you sooner.
2: Bring this to the attention of your hair stylist. May be able to help while waiting for Dermatologist. ...Read more
Usually No: Once the cause of the traction alopecia is removed the hair will usually grow back as long as it has not been going on for too long. Unfortunately, chronic traction alopecia can result in permanent hairloss in the area. Traction alopecia is not one of the conditions of hairloss that spreads unless the source of traction is spreading to other areas of the scalp. ...Read more
Fortunately no: Good news is that your hearing is not in any danger at all from your alopecia. Alopecia and deafness are very different and are also caused by different disease processes. If you notice a change in your hearing, you may want to see an audiologist. In the meantime see your regular doctor to discuss hearing loss in more depth. Good luck. ...Read more
I lost some hair in oval shape of my beard doctors told that it is alopecia areata, I just wanted to know whether it can spread over scalp.
Depends: It all depends on what the cause is. As alopecia can be associated with an autoimmune disorder, the type of disorder will determine whether the other areas of the body may be involved or not. ...Read more
Hair loss: An injury to the head per se will not cause hair loss unless the hair follicles are damaged such as through a cut or a "rip" of the scalp. In those cases, it would be at the site of injury. If you have significant hair loss, I recommend seeing a dermatologist or rheumatologist. ...Read more
Most of the hair on my thighs has gone away. Should I be worried? What could cause this and will the hair loss spread?
Could a hit on the head cause hair loss/damage? And if it could cause hair loss, would it be a spot or marbling (spread out, like in a steak.)
24 yr old F. Recently diagnosed with alopecia. It keeps spreading and finding more patches. Is there a way to slow down spreading? It also itches.
R/o fungal infection: Sounds like alopecia areata, but with itching, I'd get a fungal culture from the areas to rule out a fungus infection as cause. Sometimes even without itch, spots that look just like alopecia areata can be caused by a fungus, which would be treated with oral antifungal +/- medicated shampoo and topical anti-fungal. Alopecia areata that is spreading quickly often treated with systemic steroid. ...Read more
Alopecia Areata: Alopecia areata, as the name implies, is the loss of hair in certain, usually small, round areas. It may occur on the face, scalp, or any other body hair. It is an auto immune disease, where your bodys immune system is attacking your own hair follicles. No one knows why some people have it, and why it occurs in certain areas and not others. There is no way to prevent new areas from forming. ...Read more
I'm a 24 yr old F who's doc diagnosed with alopecia recently. My patches keep spreading. A way to stop spreading or slow it down? It itches also.
Alopecia: Didn't your doctor recommend treatment? Please get a referral to a Dermatologist. ...Read more
One of my strawberry birthmarks hurts (one top of head) scalp sunken in with mound around it that is painful. Alopecia is spreading. Clueless?
See dermatologist: Your strawberry mark may be infected and swollen. Consult your primary doctor. Alopecia is different condition and its cause usually not known. Best is talk to dermatologist about your problem for alopecia if he has some suggestion to prevent spreading of alopecia. ...Read more
I have alopecia, which is spreading all over my face, scalp and eyebrows. Tried a multitude of treatments, nothing working, is there a new OMP therap?
Embrace it: Hi Rishi -- If this is alopecia areata, no Rx works. The old "oral mini-pulse" glucocorticoid treatments that were tried a while back were a disappointment, as you know. Nobody notices that the Mona Lisa lacks eyebrows, and they won't care about yours. I have two friends with this -- athletic men, and they both love it -- clean, tidy, macho. Best choice -- get really fit and it'll be a plus. ...Read more
I had alopecia areata for 6 months and it's still spreading out larger. Am I lack of any vitamins or minerals? What should I do?
Alopecia: Alopecia areata is generally thought to be due to an autoimmune problem where the body is attacking its own hair follicles. There may be a genetic component as well. Regardless, a vitamin deficiency is unlikely to be causing the condition. This should be managed by a doctor as there are many possible options for treatment. However, there is no cure, though many cases resolve on their own. ...Read more
Hair loss: Alopecia can be inherited, related to shock or stress, dietary deficiencies such as malnutrition, genetic disorders, medication, and an autoimmune disorder in which the body's antibodies attack the hair follicles. Hormonal disorders can cause hairloss such as hypothryoidism. Exogenous trauma such as curling irons, constant pulling hairstyles (traction alopecia) and chemical trauma, e.g. Chlorine. ...Read more
Start medication now: For male pattern baldness. Get evaluated by an MD since some forms of hair loss are not MPB. However if it is MPB, you will have better results by starting now with minoxidil and dutasteride. Hair loss is progressive, so the longer you wait the harder it is to gain the lost hair back. Try meds first. If they don't stop the loss, you can consider transplant. ...Read more
Several options: Medical treatment is available from your physician. It's pricey but somewhat effective. Surgery requires a specialist. Or you can embrace your genetics and masculinity and decide you like it. 95% of good looks for a man is physical fitness. This is totally under your control, no matter where you do and don't have hair. ...Read more
Depends: Causes include, but not limited to : vitamin deficiencies, poor diet, thyroid issues, anemia, hormonal imbalances/changes, medications, genetics, tension of hair (pulling back), damage from chemical treatments/dyes, obsessive pulling (trichotillomania) - the solution is find the cause, as each cuase has different treatment. Would talk to your physician and consider labwork. ...Read more
Depends on type: Alopecia or hair loss has many different causes. Androgenetic (hereditary hair loss) is common and permanent. Telogen effluvium has many causes and less common and is temporary. Alopecia areata is an auto allergic condition that can be temporary or intermittent. These are only a few examples of alopecia with different causes and longevity. ...Read more
Depends: Alopecia can be a separate disease but is normally a symptom or an inherited problem and not a seperate disease. The first step to determine if it can be reversed is to determine the cause. You will need to see a doctor who deals with your problem to be evaluated. ...Read more
Depends on the type: There are many different types of alopecia. Male pattern baldness is called androgenic alopecia and is effected by the actions of dihydrotestosterone. Alopecia areata is an autoimmune condition. Whereas other alopecias/hair loss can be due to thyroid or other medical diseases. ...Read more
Depends on the Cause: Alopecia can be caused by many different diseases. The treatment depends on the cause, so it is important to get a proper diagnosis. I would recommend you see a dermatologist who has significant experience dealing with the many different causes of hair loss so you can be assured you are getting a proper diagnosis and treatment regimen. ...Read more
Complex disease: While there are a few reasons why such as damage to the hair follicle from scars or injury known as cicatricial alopecia most reasons how are unknown. This can be associated with thyroid disease hormonal fluctuations or stress or infections, etc as well many other conditions. ...Read more