Minoxidil is a vasodilator, which is used to treat male pattern baldness. It is used for androgenic alopecia and hereditary hair loss but is not helpful in sudden or patchy hair loss or hair loss after pregnancy. The side effects include burning, stinging, and redness on the site of application.

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What could be a painless bump on the forehead with Minoxidil use?

Query: Hello doctor, I have been using Minoxidil to combat my receding hairline for months now. I have noticed a bump on my forehead that has not disappeared for about a month, where I used the treatment. Can I have some advice on this?  Read Full »

Dr. Payal Chauhan

Dermatologist, Venereologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Folliculitis is sometimes found to be related to Minoxidil use. In that patients sometimes develop bumps on the skin, which can be painful on touch. You have not mentioned if it is painful or not? Do you have any lesions elsewhere in the body? Any itching or irrit...  Read Full »

Is it safe to use a low-level laser for male pattern baldness?

Query: Hello doctor, I consider using low-level lasers therapy devices such as Hairmax and iRestore. These devices have been declared safe unless skin conditions such as melanoma are present. How can such conditions be identified? I have some freckles (do not seem like moles). How can these be shielded fr...  Read Full »

Dr. Snehal Laul

Dermatologist, Venereologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Please attach the picture of the lesion for better understanding. Are there bald patches or spots? Is it male pattern baldness or freckles? Is it due to prolonged exposure to the sun? Do reply.  Read Full »

Can laser treatment for acne cause hair loss in the beard?

Query: Hello doctor,I am losing my beard, and I can see small bald patches in them. Please help. I am currently on Tretiva 20 and Cyomin 50.  Read Full »

Dr. Shama Naaz

Dermatologist, Venereologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. You are complaining of small patches of hair loss from your beard. Hair loss occurs due to alopecia areata (an autoimmune disorder) or fungal infection, or bacterial infection. To make a pinpoint diagnosis, you should send a picture of your hair loss for further mana...  Read Full »

Can changing water cause sudden hair fall?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 32 years old. I am facing sudden hair fall from the past one month. The hair fall started all of the sudden and full strands of hair is falling out while taking a head shower and combing hair. I have lost half of my hair volume and on left top corner scalp is visible. I have fac...  Read Full »

Dr. B. T. Priya


Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I feel you are suffering from chronic telogen effluvium. Nutritional deficiency is the commonest cause. Keep your hemoglobin above 12g/dl. Are you taking biotin containing hair supplements? Have dates and fresh vegetables and fruits rich in iron. Did you have severe il...  Read Full »

Are my reports all right after bariatric surgery?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 25 year old male. I had gastric sleeve surgery around 1.5 years ago. I have lost around 55 kg till now and now, my weight is 68 kg. I have not followed the dietary recommendations¬†and vitamin and calcium supplements prescribed by the doctor for quite a long time. Now, I am in poor...  Read Full »

Dr. Bharat Patodiya

Family Physician, General Medicine Physician, General Practitioner, Internal Medicine Physician, Medical Oncologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. My first step is to congratulate you for a definite action towards your health as the bariatric surgery. Also, you have achieved a great weight reduction with it which needs appreciation too. I understand that you have not been following the diet and just accept the fa...  Read Full »

What are the main causes behind my hair thinning and bald spots on head?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 25 years old. My hair is thinning at a fast rate and I am getting bald spots at the top of my head. And I am not taking any medication for that. Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. Deepti Shukla

Dermatologist, Venereologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I went through your photo (attachment removed to protect patient identity). Yes, you have lost a lot of hair. Now in women, most common causes of hair loss are female pattern hair loss and telogen effluvium. Some women can develop telogen effluvium over female patt...  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 »

Please suggest a solution to control excessive hair fall.

Query: Hi doctor, I am 16 years old. I have excessive hair fall though all my tests and hormonal levels are normal, but I loss more than 200 strands per day. Can you please help because due to COVID-19 pandemic I cannot go out and take a consultation? I went to a doctor before and he just told me to take...  Read Full »

Dr. Snehal Laul

Dermatologist, Venereologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Do you have irregular periods? Excess blood loss during periods? Low serum iron or ferritin levels? Hormonal imbalance or fluctuations? Stress? Exam fear, tension, or grief? Is there insufficient protein intake? Lack of proper nutrition? Crash dieting? Do you fo...  Read Full »

Is stress the cause of my hair loss problem?

Query: I have hair loss problems at age 17 this first started late last year. I didn’t really notice it at first till I shaved my head. I used to use minoxidil for about 4 weeks then stopped and just oils till now. I had gone through a breakup 2 months prior so I don’t know if it’s linked...  Read Full »

Dr. Deepti Shukla

Dermatologist, Venereologist

Answer: Hello, Don't worry I will help you with your concern. Your history suggests you have telogen effluvium. It is a condition in which sudden excessive hair fall occurs due to any stress or any illness or any medicine. As you went through stress that might have caused telogen effluvium. But since you...  Read Full »

Can small patches with pustules on scalp reduce hair density?

Query: Hello doctor, I have too many small patches on the head. I shaved my head recently, and now, while the hair is growing back, I can see few patches in which hair is comparatively fewer than other areas, although the patches are very small with small-sized pustules. I am currently on Minoxidil 5% f...  Read Full »

Dr. Deepti Shukla

Dermatologist, Venereologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Do not worry. I will help you with your concern. From the history, it seems either you have alopecia areata or androgenetic alopecia (AGA). But I need to see your scalp and the patches so I can suggest you definitive diagnosis and treatment accordingly. Kindly ...  Read Full »

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