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I have a 8 yr old son and he has white patches in his face and he also has bald spots in his head I want to know if it is very serious? And why?

I have a 8 yr old son and he has white patches in his face and he also has bald spots in his head I want to know if it is very serious? And why?

See a dermatologist: Difficult to tell without an exam. Bald spots on scalp can be caused by alopecia areata (condition where immune system attacks hair follicles), fungal infection of scalp, even child pulling out hair, many causes. White patches could be vitiligo (also autoimmune like alopecia areata-two conditions sometimes run together), a form of eczema, called pityriasis alba or a rash like seborrheic dermatitis. ...Read more

Dr. Emily Altman
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Baldness is a lack of hair on the scalp (it could ...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 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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Circle white bald spots on your head with no hair growth?

Circle white bald spots on your head with no hair growth?

Alopecia: It seems like you might have alopecia areata which is a disorder where the immune system destroys the hairs. It can often be successfully treated by your dermatologist. They will also want to check to be sure that no other autoantibodies exist in your body. Go see your dermatologist for evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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I think I have big acné fill out of blood and pus all on my head very painful and they became bald spots I wanna why I have this?

I think I have big acné fill out of blood and pus all on my head very painful and they became bald spots I wanna why I have this?

See a dermatologist.: What you are describing sound serious. Blood and pus-filled cysts on your scalp is unusual and sounds like a serious skin disorder that requires a dermatologist. Make an appointment asap. ...Read more

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I'm losing hair in the front part of my head I noticed two bald spots what is this caused by please help I'm really scared?

I'm losing hair in the front part of my head I noticed two bald spots what is this caused by please help I'm really scared?

Female Hair Loss: There are multiple causes of this from too much traction due to hairdos to autoimmune diseases. I recommend you see a dermatologist for a timely diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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Circular bald spots on my head. Started as a single spot many yrs ago now increasing. Starts with a boil & itchiness then smooth shining skin.

Circular bald spots on my head. Started as a single spot many yrs ago now increasing. Starts with a boil & itchiness then smooth shining skin.

A dermatologist will: Give you a good answer. If it is alopecia he/she will help you deal w/it. Many others have done so successfully. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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I've been shedding hair & my hair became thinner over all with bald spots at some areas. I've been having some pain in the back of my head in a circle?

I've been shedding hair & my hair became thinner over all with bald spots at some areas. I've been having some pain in the back of my head in a circle?

Depends on cause...: One's primary care doctor can check for medical causes. If none are found, then one can see a dermatologist, especially one specializing in hair restoration (some treatments: minoxidil, hair transplantation, etc, . ..). Medical causes may include: hormonal problems (low thyroid), seborrhea, alopecia areata, stressful illness. Other causes: genetic male/female pattern baldness, telogen effluvium. ...Read more

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I've been shedding hair & my hair became thinner over all with bald spots at some areas. I've been having some pain in the back of my head in a circle?

I've been shedding hair & my hair became thinner over all with bald spots at some areas. I've been having some pain in the back of my head in a circle?

See Dermatologist: You should see a board certified Dermatologist. Let him/her examine, find the cause and treat you. The cause could be one of many (from anemia to scalp problems) ...Read more

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I scratch my head a lot, now I have bald SPOTS on my head about the size of a nickel how can I make my hair grow back?

I scratch my head a lot, now I have bald SPOTS on my head about the size of a nickel how can I make my hair grow back?

Try Rogaine (minoxidil): Plus 3x/week use Head and shoulders shampoo: leave on 5-7 minutes then rinse off. I would suggest a dermatology consultation to rule out a fungal scalp infection. ...Read more

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Can hair transplant for bald spots cause cancer? What are the safest ways to treat bald spots on the head with your own hair without side effects/harm?

Can hair transplant for bald spots cause cancer? What are the safest ways to treat bald spots on the head with your own hair without side effects/harm?

Absolutely no chance: There has never been a single report of any type of cancer (skin or otherwise) associated with or thought to be caused by hair transplants.
Since transplants involve surgery, the same "side effects" occur as do with ANY type of surgery, ie, bleeding, pain, risk of infection and anticipated scarring....There is simply no way to avoid them. The degree of risk varies due to many factors. ...Read more

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I have painless bumps on the back of my tongue and bald spots that burns with red bumps in it on my head. Pl us a small painful bump on my gum.

See your Dentist: Some of what you are describing may be normal anatomy, some may be lesions. Not being able to see and examine you, palmate the lesions, review your medical history and meds, etc. We cannot in this forum make a diagnosis. Please see your Dentist or an Oral & Maxillofacial Pathologist to begin the differential diagnostic process. ...Read more

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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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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 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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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?

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

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Will hair still grow where no bald spots are with alopecia areta?

Will hair still grow where no bald spots are with alopecia areta?

Yes.: Not sure I understand the question completely, but...

Hair often regrows in the bald spots.
Hair continues to grow normally in the spots that are not bald. ...Read more

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Is it true that applying garlic to your hair will improve its quality and it'll regrow the bald spots for ladies? If it's not what can I use instead

Garlic and hair grow: As far as I know, it does not work. Rogaine (minoxidil) is a topical agent that can be used to help with reducing balding. But if you don't use it constantly, your thinning will recur. ...Read more

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What could cause bald spots in facial hair?

Fungus: One can contract a skin fungal infection that will cause loss of skin color and occasionally hair. It is usually circular and grows slowly. It can be treated with oral medicines and lotions. ...Read more

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My hair falls a lot (but there are no bald spots) and its really damaged. What should I do?

My hair falls a lot (but there are no bald spots) and its really damaged. What should I do?

See Dermatologist: You should first see a dermatologist. Let him/her examine you, get blood tests if needed and advise you. ...Read more

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I am loosing so much hair I have bald spots, I do use a flat iron on my hair everyday can this be the cause and what can I do?

I am loosing so much hair I have bald spots, I do use a flat iron on my hair everyday can this be the cause and what can I do?

See a dermatologist: Hair loss, especially defined areas of bald spots requires expert evaluation. Round patches of hair loss may be alopecia areata (where the body is attacking the hair follicles leading to hair loss). Other lab studies may be needed including: thyroid studies, rulling out anemia and lupus. Bottom line, you need a medical evaluation. ...Read more

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Age:14, my hair falls out. Not in clumps and I don't have any bald spots. I straighten my hair once a week at 410° degrees. Help!?

Age:14, my hair falls out. Not in clumps and I don't have any bald spots. I straighten my hair once a week at 410° degrees. Help!?

Broken hair: Stop straightening your hair. It is not falling out. It is breaking off. It will grow out at 1 cm per month. Why do girls with straight hair use curlers? They envy you. ...Read more

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When younger use to pull hair out and create bald spots. Now if I don't wear it up I find myself playin w/it and tugging on it sometimes pullin it out?

When younger use to pull hair out and create bald spots. Now if I don't wear it up I find myself playin w/it and tugging on it sometimes pullin it out?

Hair pulling: Trichotillomania is classified as impulse control disorder. It may be triggered by depression or stress, is chronic & difficult to treat. Behavior modification is used for tx, thru habit reversal training. Also biofeedback & hypnosis have been tried. Some medications such as Anafranil (clomipramine) & acetylcysteine have been used with mixed results. ...Read more

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Does DHT blocker hair drop really grow back bald spots?

Not exactly.: Dht blockers (such as finasteride) will slow down or even reverse balding in men, but localized hair loss (alopecia areata) is not affected by Dht blockers. You'll need local steroid injections for that, from a dermatologist. ...Read more

Dr. Alan Bauman
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