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

Query: I currently have alopecia areata that has flared up due to the current stress of the situation. I'm looking at starting a medication to see if it can help. Two medications have been discussed dexamehtasone and methotrexate. Each would be a low doese (1-2 days/week) for 3 months. My dermatologist...  Read Full »


Dr. Deepti Shukla

Dermatologist, Venereologist

Answer: Hello, Don't worry I'll help you with your concern. I understand alopecia areata can be really stressful. Alopecia areata is chronic recurrent condition due to genetic component. Because of genetic condition, it's has tendency to recur again and again. Both methotrexate and dexamethasone are good ...  Read Full »

Can I take steroid injection for a bald patch on the beard?

Query: Hi doctor, I have a bald patch on the beard for the past three weeks. I am suspecting alopecia. I have uploaded the photo. Please help me.  Read Full »


Dr. Sandeep Golla

Dermatologist, Venereologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have seen your picture (attachment removed to protect patient identity). Your concern is alopecia areata, which is an autoimmune entity. I suggest you try Tacroz forte (Tacrolimus) twice daily on the patch. Consult your specialist doctor, discuss with him or her and ta...  Read Full »

Kindly suggest a solution for extreme hair loss and dandruff with flaky skin.

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 45-year old male. My father has male pattern baldness and had lost his hair in his 20's. But I may not have inherited it fully as I have not lost my hair fully at 45 yet. It comes and goes but grows back. But the problem is increasing. And more importantly, it is a very strange ...  Read Full »


Dr. Sidharth Sonthalia

Cosmetologist, Dermatologist, Hair Transplant Surgeon, HIV AIDS Specialist, Venereologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I appreciate the details of the problem mentioned by you. This makes our diagnosis relatively easier; however, there are specific issues that need further clarification. Have you ever noticed well-demarcated isolated clean patches of hair loss at some point of time?...  Read Full »

Which medicine should I take for patchy beard?

Query: Hi doctor, Actually, my skin tone is medium and is very oily. I want to have a white and fair skin tone. I also want to get rid of this oily skin. I have been taking Omega 3 capsules for two months as someone told me that it will help me for my skin, but I did not notice any changes. Now, one of my ...  Read Full »


Dr. Shaunak Patel

Cosmetologist, Dermatologist, Venereologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. The darker skin tone can be attributed to tanning and also ones natural color. I therefore recommend you daily sunscreen, use it 20 minutes prior to going outside. Using a night cream like ISIS Neotone night serum everyday at night for two to three months will help,...  Read Full »

Kindly suggest solution for both thinning of hair and alopecia areata.

Query: Hello doctor, I had hair thinning before the alopecia areata started too, a couple of months before. And I am currently on no medications.  Read Full »


Dr. Hari Pathave

Dermatologist, Venereologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Yes, it is alopecia areata and the hair loss is telogen effluvium with possibly androgenetic alopecia. Telogen effluvium can be caused by any recent prior illness, thyroid problem, low iron Hb, nutrition related, stress, etc. For alopecia areata, you can start Mometaso...  Read Full »

I used hair straightener for a longtime and experiencing hairfall of about 100 strands per day. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 21 years old. I was using a hair straightener for a long and did not frequently oil my hair too. This has led to excessive hair fall for the last two months and I am losing not less than 100 hair strands a day. I need proper guidance. Please help.  Read Full »


Dr. Sneha Mariam Varghese

Venereologist, Dermatologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. From your history, I understand that your concern is hair loss going on for two months. Any hair loss of less than 100 hairs per day is normal for an individual. Since yours is approximately 100 hairs per day, please answer a few queries so that I may be able to gui...  Read Full »

Is baldness really hereditary?

Query: Hi doctor, I am 20 years old. My hair is getting thin. As my father is bald,  I fear that I will also get bald. Also, I want to improve my skin texture. Please help.  Read Full »


Dr. Raman Kaushik

Ayurveda Specialist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. It is well known that baldness or alopecia have a strong genetic connection. Hair fall and losing hair texture is also very common after the age of adolescent due to androgen (androgenic alopecia). Hair fall is also triggered by unhealthy and stressful lifestyle. Conside...  Read Full »

What should I do to grow back hair in patchy areas of beard?

Query: Hello doctor, I have noticed some alopecia on my beard. It has been there for the past few months. I have never had any issues like this before and worried that the hair will not grow back. Is there anything I can do? I am currently taking Hydrocortisone for dermatitis in private area.  Read Full »


Dr. Zubayeralam

Family Physician, General Medicine Physician, General Practitioner, Pulmonologist, Internal Medicine Physician

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I can understand your concern. According to your statement, you have alopecia on beard. It has been there for the last few months and you are on medication like Hydrocortisone for dermatitis. You may be suffered from alopecia areata which is a peculiar form of hair ...  Read Full »

Please suggest treatment for PCOS with bad skin.

Query: Hi doctor, Five years ago, I was diagnosed with PCOS. Then three years later, I started suffering with very bad skin. My skin was excessively oily and I always have spots and deep pores. Sometimes my skin has red blotches, but they are not raised and there are no heads. I seem to have controlled th...  Read Full »


Dr. Suvash Sahu

Cosmetologist, Dermatologist, Venereologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Since you are already a diagnosed case of PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome) which is known to be associated with seborrhea, acne, hirsutism and alopecia called as SAHA syndrome. But, with your history it seems that you are having only acne, which is a good prognostic ...  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. Bharatesh Devendra Basti

Community Medicine Physician, Dermatologist, HIV AIDS Specialist, Preventive Medicine Physician, Venereologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. 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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