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What could cause bald spots in hair?

What could cause bald spots in hair?

Alopecia areata: Alopecia aerata can cause smooth bald spots on the head. This is an inflammation which cause the hair to stop growing underneath the skin. This can occur after an emotional upset and is treatable with small injections of dilute cortisone to stimulate hair growth. ...Read more

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Dr. Emily Altman
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Alopecia (Definition)

Alopecia is a term describing the loss of hair from the head or body. There are many potential causes including hairstyling routines ...Read more


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What causes random bald spots?

Nobody knows.: The cause of alopecia areata is unknown. But a dermatologist can inject a steroid solution into the spots to make the hair grow back faster. ...Read more

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How do I treat bald spots caused by cradle cap?

How do I treat bald spots caused by cradle cap?

Dandruff shampoo: In a baby with cradle cap, don't be afraid to shampoo the hair with a dandruff shampoo such as selsun blue, and use a brush to brush out the flakes and scales from the soft spot. You can hurt the baby that way! after they are gone, and with continued shampoo, the scalp will be healthy again and hair will start growing. ...Read more

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I have small bald spots in the back of my head what treatment can I use to treat that and what causes that?

I have small bald spots in the back of my head what treatment can I use to treat that and what causes that?

Alopecia areata: Topical or injections with cortisone in dilute amounts can help resolve this problem within a few visits with a dermatologist. Natural treatments that are safe and effective are not available. ...Read more

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Are treatments for dermatillomania very effective? What are they? I have been obsessivly picking scabs on my scalp for years and it is completely out of control. I have about 70 scabs right now and am starting to notice bald spots. I will pick scabs an

Are treatments for dermatillomania very effective?  What are they? I have been obsessivly picking scabs on my scalp for years and it is completely out of control.  I have about 70 scabs right now and am starting to notice bald spots.  I will pick scabs an

It : It takes courage to share this. Dermatillomania, as you already know, is an impulse controll disorder that involves compulsively picking at your skin. It is very important to tell your psychiatrist about your dermatillomania because if you have 70 active scabs, it is clearly not under any sort of control. The embarrassment you feel about your skin picking contributes to poor self esteem. The picking could lead to permaent scars. There are medications that can help with compulsive behaviors. Behavioral therapy is often very helpful as well a therapy to get a better understanding about what is driving you to pick at your skin. It sounds like you are ready to share this now. By sharing this secret it will have much less power over you. I applaud you for the decision to bring this problem foward and to start working on it. ...Read more

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How can I get rid of bald spots?

Rogaine, (minoxidil) Propecia: These two are the most commonly recommended by dermatologists. They may 'improved' the appearance, but unlikely would 'get rid of' baldness. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my son is 17 years of age and he started to get bald spots.?

Maybe alopecia areat: May also be confirmed by dermatologist. Character of rounding bald spots. Often associated with thyroid disease. ...Read more

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What is the right medication for bald spots forming on your head?

What is the right medication for bald spots forming on your head?

Options: Hair loss is multi-factorial: genetics, stress, hormone problems, thyroid problems, mental illness, male pattern baldness, trauma, etc. The most common pattern that i see in my practice revolves around the genetic component. Review by surgeons who offer hair transplantation is recommended. Multiple options. ...Read more

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Baldness (Definition)

Baldness is a clinical finding where there are areas of scalp ...Read more