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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

Dr. Emily Altman
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Baldness (Definition)

Baldness is a lack of hair on the scalp (it could ...Read more


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What causes random bald spots?

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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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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What is the definition or description of: bald spots?

What is the definition or description of: bald spots?

Alopecia areata: Look at the bald spots and see if there are some hairs that look like a printed exclamation mark (i.e. Broad at the trop and narrow at the root). This is typical of alopecia areata for which there is no explanation. It might be related to diet because I have found it to be related in some kids. ...Read more

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My son is 17 years of age and he started to get bald spots. Is this normal?

Not "normal": Hi. What you describe sounds like alopecia areata, patchy bald spots of autoimmune etiology. While it's not "normal", it will do him no harm, other than the fact that teenagers are not very nice people, and the a-holes in his class may belittle him for being different. And Texas has no shortage of unkind people. Support him. Support, love, and nurture him...he'll be fine. ...Read more

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What exactly does it mean when you get sudden bald spots that eventually grow back?

What exactly does it mean when you get sudden bald spots that eventually grow back?

Telogen effluvium: Read up on this and see if it matches. It can be stress, systemic illness, weird diets or "unexplained." a dermatology visit may be in order. ...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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How to grow hairs on bald spots?

How to grow hairs on bald spots?

Depends: That depends on the condition. You have to be more specific on the origins of the baldness. ...Read more

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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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Why do I suddenly have bald spots in my mustache?

Alopecia areata?: Get to a dermatologist for evaluation, that is unusual. ...Read more

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Is there a conncection between rett syndrome and bald spots?

Is there a conncection between rett syndrome and bald spots?

Nice question: Rhett's syndrome is a pervasive developmental disorder peculiar to girls. Odd & purposeless hand motions such as excessive rubbing can lead to focal areas of hair loss. Trichtillomania (neurotic pulling out hair) requires purposeful fine motor coordinated action to pull hair. So rubbing is the way a rett child would lose hair patches. ...Read more

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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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I am experiencing bald spots at the ripe age of 16, is there any way to deter further balding?

No good answer.: Some said rogaine (minoxidil) might slow it down, but the use of it is messy and you are very young still. ...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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How can I grow hair in bald spots?

Bald spots: It is important to determine the cause of the bald spots and treat that problem first. For instance, if you have ringworm infection causing bald spots, it is necessary to treat the infection with an antifungal medication. A topical or oral treatment may be required. Only then can healthy hair grow and cover the bald spots. See a Dermatologist who can evaluate your scalp and give you proper therapy ...Read more

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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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What to do if I have bald spots in my hair! Help!!!?

What to do if I have bald spots in my hair! Help!!!?

Bald spots: It is important to determine the cause of the bald spots and treat that problem first. For instance, if you have ringworm infection causing bald spots, it is necessary to treat the infection with an antifungal medication. A topical or oral treatment may be required. Only then can healthy hair grow and cover the bald spots. See a Dermatologist who can evaluate your scalp and give you proper therapy ...Read more

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What does honey help to do on bald spots of the head?

What does honey help to do on bald spots of the head?

Why: Would putting sugar on your skin help with hair growth? You didn't really believe this, did you? Don't get your medical information from friends, tv or the internet. ...Read more

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How can I grow hair on bald spots by tichotillomania?

How can I grow hair on bald spots by tichotillomania?

Trichotillomania: Seek Psychological help for the triggers that make you pull out your hair. No point in treating if you are going to pull out your hair again. Psychotherapy and support groups can help you control the urge to pull out your hair. There are some over the counter preparations like Minoxidil that may help grow hair on bald spots. Talk to your doctor to see what is right for you. ...Read more

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What is the best way to grow back hair in previously bald spots?

If you don't respond: Sufficiently to Propecia or rogaine, (minoxidil) the only other answer is a hair transplant procedure. ...Read more

Dr. Alan Bauman
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