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Doctor insights on: Facial Hair Loss Patches

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Dr. Foster Carr
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Hair Loss (Definition)

Hair loss, otherwise known as alopecia, can be caused by different reasons, including damage to the hair shaft or follicles or fungal infections. There are two main types of alopecia. Alopecia areata occurs when the body's immune system attacks hair follicles and causes hair to fall out. Androgenetic (or androgenic) alopecia, on the other hand, is an inherited form of hair loss. With alopecia areata, hair can fall out in patches all over the body. With androgenetic alopecia, hair on the head first thins and then falls out. In men, this is called male pattern hair loss; in women, it is called ...Read more


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I had used minoxidil (for 3 months)for hair loss but have grown facial hair. My query is - will these facial hair will shed or they will remain?

I had used minoxidil (for 3 months)for hair loss but have grown facial hair. My query is - will these facial hair will shed or they will remain?

Minoxidil/facial hai: Ask long as you are taking the Minoxidil the facial hair will remain. This can be a problem with Minoxidil since it has whole body effects when it comes to hair growth. There is a topical Minoxidil (rogaine (minoxidil) for women) that is available over the counter that has more local effects on hair growth. ...Read more

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Started bc for hair loss it worked great and hair went back to normal. Dr added spironolactone for minor facial hair. A few months later I noticed increase in shedding. All labs are normal. Could this be from the spiro?

Started bc for hair loss it worked great and hair went back to normal. Dr added spironolactone for minor facial hair. A few months later I noticed increase in shedding. All labs are normal. Could this be from the spiro?

Yes, possible.: Spironolactone, while used mostly as a diuretic (to get rid of water and electrolytes) also has (anti-)hormonal properties. There will be more estrogen & less testosterone in ur body (even women have minute amts of testosterone, but u will have even less) on acct of Spironolactone. Talk to ur doctor about alternatives & go through the timing of all ur symptoms & meds. Good luck! Thank u for ur ??s ...Read more

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Tired, insomnia, no energy, hair loss, some facial hair, trouble concentrating&memory. 33 yo female, no apneat3 2.8 T4 1.0, TSH 1.05. Thoughts?

Tired, insomnia, no energy, hair loss, some facial hair, trouble concentrating&memory. 33 yo female, no apneat3 2.8 T4 1.0, TSH 1.05. Thoughts?

Many possibilities: The description of how you feel and some physical attributes can overlap with many states of both hormonal as well as nutritional types of problems. Thyroid, adrenal glands, and testes/ovaries are just a few of the possible sites to consider when looking at this problem. A thorough history, physical, and laboratory analysis are in order. ...Read more

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T/ligation 9 mo ago w/csection. Now heavy periods, facial hair, hair loss, trouble w/ sex, chronic pain. Not used b/c pills in past. What's going on?

T/ligation 9 mo ago w/csection. Now heavy periods, facial hair, hair loss, trouble w/ sex, chronic pain. Not used b/c pills in past. What's going on?

Endocrine problem: Having a tubal ligation just blocks the connection between the ovaries and the uterus. This should not affect your periods. Many women have thicker hair during pregnancy and then lose some of it after the birth. It sounds like there is something else going on. Please see your ob/gyn to learn if you need referral to an endocrinologist. ...Read more

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During pregnancy what happens to pcos symptoms such as scalp hair loss,facial hair,body hair,acne?

During pregnancy what happens to pcos symptoms such as scalp hair loss,facial hair,body hair,acne?

Suspended animation: The scalp and facial hair will remain, but new hair growth stimulation will be reduced. Acne tends to get better as the percentage of the male hormone causing the same is "overwhelmed by the large amounts of estrogen and progesterone hormones circulating during pregnancy. ...Read more

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I am 43 years old and had a hysterectomy 17 years ago. Now i'm having facial hair and losing hair on head, please help?

Not related: The hysterectomy that long ago wouldn't cause or contribute to the new facial hair, and hair loss. Which could be due hormonal issues, nutrient deficiencies, thyroid dysfunction or other causes. ...Read more

Facial Hair (Definition)

Facial hair is a physical characteristic usually found on males where hair grows around the chin and lower portion of the face. The development of facial hair usually begins during puberty. Additionally women can occasionally develop facial hair but it usually happens when hormone levels change, ...Read more


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