Alopecia Areata

An autoimmune condition that causes patchy hair loss is called alopecia areata. It can also cause alopecia totalis, which is complete hair loss in the scalp, or alopecia universalis, hair loss in the entire body. Treatment is done with corticosteroids and drugs that suppress the immune system.

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I am having hair thinning and hair loss in my temple region. How can I regrow the lost hair?

Query: Hi doctor, I am having hair thinning and hair loss in my temple region. How can I regrow the lost hair in the temple area? Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. Suvash Sahu

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern. I would like to explain about hair fall. 75-100 hair falls every day is very normal. So, hair loss should be considered only if the number of hair falls more than this. Straightening and other procedures also cause weakness of the root. Other ...  Read Full »

I am losing hair at a particular place on my beard. Please suggest a treatment.

Query: Hello doctor, I suffer from hair loss in my beard, and there is no hair growth in that area. The beard hair is completely gone in that particular area. Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. Sandhya Narayanan Kutty

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I went through your query and understood your concern. After going through the history provided by you and the images (attachment removed to protect the patient's identity), it looks like alopecia areata. Alopecia areata is a condition where there is a coin shape lo...  Read Full »

How can alopecia be treated?

Query: Hello doctor, I have a problem with alopecia for four months. My hair is not growing. Kindly suggest some medicine. I am on vitamins.  Read Full »

Dr. Ashwini. V. Swamy

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I saw your clinical picture (attachment removed to protect patient identity). The diagnosis is alopecia areata. The most effective treatment will be intralesional steroid injection. This is the injection given straight to the bald area. You need to meet a dermatol...  Read Full »

I am an 18 year old facing baldness problem. Could it be genetic?

Query: Hello doctor, I am an 18 year old boy and I am facing the problem of baldness. Two years ago, I used hair wax. Since then, dandruff stuck to my scalp and has not gone. I have used a lot of shampoos, but it recured due to which my hair started falling and did not regrow from the sides as well as from...  Read Full »

Dr. Suneetha B S

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern. Since you are 18 years old, it is too early to lose hair even though baldness runs in the family. You could be suffering from a fungal infection or alopecia. There are many reasons that cause hair fall and it is difficult to decide the trea...  Read Full »

I shaved my beard one year ago, and now there is no hair regrowth observed. What to do?

Query: Hello doctor, I shaved my beard one year ago, and now there is no hair regrowth observed. What to do? Kindly help.   Read Full »

Dr. Sandhya Narayanan Kutty

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Thank you for your query. As per the history provided, it may be alopecia areata. Alopecia areata is the loss of hair, including a beard or mustache, in a few or one particular area. They appear due to autoimmune conditions. Therefore, I suggest you to follow a few ...  Read Full »

My 5-year-old daughter has hair fall and yellow patches on her scalp. Is it scarring alopecia or alopecia areata?

Query: Hi doctor, I am starting to become concerned about my daughter. My 5-year-old daughter has thick yellow patches on her scalp, which caused the hair to fall out. It has been there for over a year now, and there has been no sign of any new hair growth. The area with no hair is discolored compared to t...  Read Full »

Dr. Filza Hafeez

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I went through your query and understood your concern. From the history you shared, it seems like a fungal infection of the scalp, which is quite common in this age group. Fungal infections of the scalp usually cause hair loss, but it is nothing to worry about. But the ha...  Read Full »

Why do I have a bald spot on my head, which is painful and itchy?

Query: Hello doctor,About three weeks ago, I noticed a bald spot on my head, which is painful and itchy. Also, I have lost my hair in the area. Currently, I am using birth control medicines.Kindly help.  Read Full »

Dr. Dilip Kumar Meena

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern. You have Alopecia areata, an autoimmune condition with non-scarring patchy hair loss. Though the condition can affect anyone, it is more common in diabetics and thyroid patients. I suggest you get tested for these conditions. The first line...  Read Full »

I have Hashimoto’s thyroiditis and enlarged lymph nodes in the neck. Should I be concerned?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 30 year old female. I have Hashimoto's hypothyroidism since four years. I take Eltroxin daily and go for a thyroid sonar once a year. I went for an ultrasound yesterday and my report stated that my thyroid features are consistent with Hashimoto's thyroiditis. But, what reall...  Read Full »

Dr. Shaikh Sadaf

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I just read your query and from the reports you have attached (attachment removed to protect patient identity), it appears that you do have some enlarged lymph nodes. Yes, there are two possibilities but it is more likely that these are due to: The upper respiratory tr...  Read Full »

Will Methotrexate cause more hair fall when used for alopecia areata?

Query: Hi doctor,I am a 31-year-old female. Currently, I have alopecia areata. It got flared up due to my current stress situation. I am looking for a medication to cure it. I heard about Dexamethasone and Methotrexate for treating it. My dermatologist advised me to take Methotrexate. I am concerned about ...  Read Full »

Dr. Deepti Shukla

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Alopecia areata is a chronic recurrent condition that occurs due to a genetic component. Due to its genetic component, it has a tendency to recur again and again. Both Dexamethasone and Methotrexate are good options. Taking Methotrexate is better as it causes fewer ...  Read Full »

Does any supplement treat a patchy beard?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 22 years old. I have problems with my beard. My beard grows in patches, only in certain parts of my face. The remaining areas are clear without any facial hair. It makes me look awkward. Does any supplement encourage hair growth and solve my problem. Is that possible doctor?  Read Full »

Dr. Basti Bharatesh Devendra

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Beard and mustache are said to be secondary sexual characters. Some people may not get the full area of beard distribution at a young age. The area and thickness of facial hair increases as you grow. Repeated shaving also increases the possibility of hair growth and...  Read Full »

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