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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

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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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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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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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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Why does my scalp get scabs and cause bald spots?

Why does my scalp get scabs and cause bald spots?

Scalps-n-scabs: There are as many causes for scabs in the scalp as there are people that have scalps. This is an important problem because sometimes these lesions can result in hair loss which is permanent. See you dermatologist immediately and get this figured out. ...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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I'm experiencing bald spots in side burns and part of my eyebrow. What could be the cause?

I'm experiencing bald spots in side burns and part of my eyebrow. What could be the cause?

Bald spots: The most common cause would be a fungal infection. Other causes include seborrheic dermatitis and several auto-immune disease such as alopecia arreata. ...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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My babygirl is born with bald spots on both sides of her forehead will her hair grow on this spots? Am worried cause her daddy has the same bald spots

My babygirl is born with bald spots on both sides of her forehead will her hair grow on this spots? Am worried cause her daddy has the same bald spots

Hair should grow in: Bald spots in infants just born are very common, and over time, the hair should grow in. Despite the father with bald spots in a similar distribution, any typical thinning of hair in a female would not happen until much later in life. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Does crying too much causes a 6 year old to have bald spots throughout her scalp, if its not ringworm, what could it be?

Does crying too much causes a 6 year old to have bald spots throughout her scalp, if its not ringworm, what could it be?

Consider evaluation: Consider having your child check for thyroid deficiency, and routine blood work. Additionally, depending on where you live and what risk factor your child may have, a heavy metal screen may be warranted. Child's crying is unlikely to be related to the hair issue ...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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Suddenly, my armpit hair and leg hair is growing in very patchy. Like, bald spots. But all of my thyroid bloodwork came back normal. Possible causes?

It depends/ nonspec.: This seems like a nonspecific sign. It might depend on what products, if any, you might use to groom those areas. For example, if waxing or heat grooming instruments are used, the roots might be removed and the hair may take real long to or may never grow back. Stress might also be a reason, as might your gastroenteritis. If it gets worse, see your doctor. Good luck. ...Read more

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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?

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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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?

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 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

Dr. Alan Bauman
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