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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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 »

Why some men cannot grow full beards?

Query: Hello doctor, Why some men cannot grow full beards? Explain why some men are not capable of growing full beards, and can only manage thin, patchy ones. Is this due to testosterone and genetics or something more? How does not being able to grow a full beard potentially impact men psychologically? Ca...  Read Full »


Dr. Rabia

Dermatologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Some men cannot grow full beards due to low density of hair follicles in beard area in them and that depends on their genes and hormones. The male hormone testosterone is converted to dihydrotestosterone by 5 alpha reductase. Dihydrotestosterone is a potent steroid and ...  Read Full »

How can I stop hair loss?

Query: Hi doctor, I have been experiencing a patch of hair loss and it is getting bigger. I had two but the one is gone now. I am very proud of my hair and this makes me emotional.  Read Full »


Dr. Rabia

Dermatologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. This is alopecia areata, and the patch on your backside of the scalp is ophiasis, a subtype of alopecia areata. It is thought to be an autoimmune disease in which hair loss is in the form of patches but comes back itself as you have told. Meanwhile, you can apply topica...  Read Full »

Can Doxycycline cause bald spots on scalp?

Query: Hello doctor, I was taking Doxycycline for three months. After I got a haircut in third month, I noticed that I had two bald patches (it is not actually bald, they were just super thin with a little bit of hair). I got a haircut again today, and the same problem occurred. I am almost positive that ...  Read Full »


Dr. Rabia

Dermatologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Doxycycline is Tetracycline antibiotic that can cause photosensitivity and photo-onycolysis (nail dystrophy) but alopecia areata is not linked with this medication. On the other hand, nail problems are common with alopecia areata.  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

Dermatologist, Venereologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. 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 »

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 »

Please suggest methods to regrow beard and hair on scalp.

Query: Hello doctor, It started four years back that a patch of hair (round with about 3 cm diameter) suddenly disappeared from my lower right part of beard area (neck). I ignored this at first, but then when the hair never came back even after about six months. A doctor told me to use Tacrolimus 0.03 % f...  Read Full »


Dr. Kakkar

Dermatologist, HIV AIDS Specialist, Venereologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have noted your concern and I have viewed the images (attachment removed to protect patient identity). You seem to have alopecia areata. I suggest you take oral corticosteroids for a few weeks if it is progressing. Tacrolimus is not a treatment of choice for alopec...  Read Full »

Are low WBC, alopecia in pubic area, and decrease in semen related to each other?

Query: Hello doctor, I noticed a small triangular bald spot in my beard three weeks ago. It was likely alopecia areata. Saw my dermatologist last week, she said it was likely folliculitis. I have had folliculitis before in the same area and it was much different. She is the doctor. So I accepted and moved...  Read Full »


Dr. Atishay Bukharia

Cosmetologist, Dermatologist, Family Physician, General Practitioner, HIV AIDS Specialist, Plastic Surgeon, Venereologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Alopecia areata is an immune disorder and is separated from folliculitis and it has nothing to do with your semen count and low WBC. Nevertheless, please send me a few good quality photographs taken in a natural light.   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 »

I am facing partial hair loss from the front edges of my hair. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor,I am facing partial hair loss from the front edges of my hairs. I think I have a disease called alopecia areata. But I do not wanna be so quick saying that I certainly have such disease. First, it was not that bad. So, I ignored it hoping it would get better with time. But to my surprise, ...  Read Full »


Dr. Ashwini V Swamy

Dermatologist, Venereologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. It would have been easier for me to diagnose the condition if you would have attached your clinical picture along with your query. Because there are other causes of hair loss like androgenetic alopecia, frontal fibrosing alopecia. Hence, the diagnosis should be confirme...  Read Full »

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