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Who usually gets get spot baldness (alopecia areata)?

Who usually gets get spot baldness (alopecia areata)?

Anyone: Alopecia areata is an autoimmune condition in which the immune system, for unknown reasons, attacks the hair follicle and causes hair loss. The condition is common, nearly 2% of the us population will develop alopecia areata in their lifetime. This affects individuals of all ages, but is most common in children . See your dermatologist if you suspect you may have this condition. ...Read more

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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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What causes alopecia?I just found a bald spot in the back of my head thats the size of a half dollar.My brother and neice have alopecia.

What causes alopecia?I just found a bald spot in the back of my head thats the size of a half dollar.My brother and neice have alopecia.

Alopecia areata: Alopecia areata is an autoimmune disease. Autoimmune means that the body's immune system attacks the body. When alopecia areata develops, the body attacks its own hair follicles. A person's genetic makeup, combined with other factors, triggers this form of hair loss. People can have this type of hair loss at any age. Some patients with alopecia areata have a family member who also has the disease. ...Read more

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Is there a treatment for alopecia? I just had my third bald spot it barely grew to cover ive been getting them every year or two since i was 20-21

Is there a treatment for alopecia? I just had my third bald spot it barely grew to cover ive been getting them every year or two since i was 20-21

Yes: First line treatment for female pattern hair loss is topical minoxidil. Second line treatment if the Minoxidil doesn't work well enough is a systemic drug called spironolactone, although there is a lack of controlled randomized studies of this drug on female alopecia. Finasteride is another option, but it's more controversial. Hair transplant is a last resort option. ...Read more

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I have alopecia. I have had a bald spot for over a year that was treated with cortisone shots with no results. Will hair regrow or not after this long?

I have alopecia. I have had a bald spot for over a year that was treated with cortisone shots with no results. Will hair regrow or not after this long?

Alopecia: There is really no measures to say who will respond to treatment in what time period. There are other treatment options you might want to discuss with your dermatologist. ...Read more

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I have a weird bald spot does that mean I am suffering from androgenic alopecia?

I have a weird bald spot does that mean I am suffering from androgenic alopecia?

No: There are multiple reasons for hair loss, from trauma, hair follicle trauma, stress, hormone changes, infection, etc. Androgenic alopecia usually starts slowly with typical patterns of hair loss. Not weird balding spots. Recommend consultation with a hair transplant surgeon. Your hair loss could be temporary, reversable and/or treatable. ...Read more

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I can actually see a bald spot on my head, does that mean I am suffering from androgenic alopecia?

I can actually see a bald spot on my head, does that mean I am suffering from androgenic alopecia?

Alopecia areata: This is likely to be the cause of a single bald spot. Get someone in the family to look at it and see if there are any single hairs in the bald area that look like the traditional appearance of an exclamation mark---broad top and narrow at growth point. That isdiagnostic. Trouble is, noone knows cause. ...Read more

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Bald spot in hair size of a nickel for two years hasn't got bigger or smaller slick bald! alopecia? Lupus

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Bald spot in hair size of a nickel  for two years hasn't got bigger or smaller slick bald! alopecia? Lupus

It: It could be localized alopecia areata or even discoid lupus erythematosus. If you consult with a board certified dermatologist he can usually tell on inspection. If necessary performing a few laboratory tests can help come up with a diagnosis and treatment options. ...Read more

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I had smooth bald spot and new hair grew back, would that be alopecia areata?Now crown and sides are really thin you can see my scalp clearly. Y?

I had smooth bald spot and new hair grew back, would that be alopecia areata?Now crown and sides are really thin you can see my scalp clearly. Y?

Sounds like it: Alopecia areata can regrow on its own without treatment. If you are experiencing more hair loss though then I would follow up with dermatologist ...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


Dr. Emily Altman
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Baldness (Definition)

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