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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. 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 »

How to improve the bald patches in my head with medicines?

Query: Hello doctor, I have bald patches all over my head. They look shiny and soft with no evidence of the presence of hair follicles. So I went to a skin doctor. She suggested using Minoxidil 5 percent. But still, there is yet to be any improvement. Please help me. I had Covid-19 around one and a half ye...  Read Full »

Dr. Dhepe Snehal Madhav

Answer: Hello, Welcome to It is alopecia areata of scalp. It is a self-limiting disorder characterized by areas of asymptomatic, non-inflammatory hair loss commonly involving the scalp. Autoimmune disease hair loss occurs in patches. In addition, it can be associated with a thyroid disorder. Ar...  Read Full »

I have been experiencing hair loss. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, I have been experiencing hair loss, and trying to understand the potential causes. Can you provide insights into the differences between pattern hair loss and alopecia areata? Additionally, what are the common symptoms and recommended treatments for each condition, and are there any li...  Read Full »

Dr. Sandhya Narayanan Kutty

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have gone through the details provided from your end and I do understand your concern. Hair loss or hair fall can be due to multiple reasons which include: 1. Androgenic alopecia: There is male or female pattern hair loss where the hair recedes backward and loss of h...  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

Answer: Hello, Welcome to 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 guid...  Read Full »

I have excess hair shedding. Do I have telogen effluvium?

Query: Hello doctor,I have been under significant stress lately and have noticed increased hair shedding. I suspect it might be telogen effluvium. Could you please explain the potential causes and the differences between telogen effluvium, alopecia areata, and other types of hair loss?Thank you.  Read Full »

Dr. Sandhya Narayanan Kutty

Answer: Hello,Welcome to have read your query, and I can understand your concern.Telogen effluvium, as you correctly mentioned, is a type of hair fall or loss caused by various factors, including stress. Telogen effluvium can be acute or chronic, depending on the duration of the condition. It ...  Read Full »

I am an 18-year-old with baldness issue. Is it 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 i...  Read Full »

I have acne on my cheeks and jawline, which recurs despite trying various remedies. Why?

Query: Hi doctor, I have severe acne on my cheeks and jawline, which recurs despite trying various remedies. Also, I have alopecia areata, a patch at the back of my head. Kindly help.  Read Full »

Dr. Dhepe Snehal Madhav

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern. I suggest you following medications, consult a dermatologist and discuss with him or her before starting these medications: 1. Apply Nadibact cream (Nadifloxacin) on the acne area twice daily for ten days. 2. Wash your face with D Acne face ...  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? Can...  Read Full »

Dr. Rabia Anjum

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Some men cannot grow full beard due to the low density of hair follicles in the 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...  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 Anjum

Answer: Hi, Welcome to 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 »

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