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  • I'm not a doctor, but I am suspicious of the hair coming out in little round patterns. I'd probably get a second opinion -- some doctors are a little quick to dismiss unusual symptoms as stress or in your head or something like that.
  • Look into alopecia areata.
  • Start a hat collection.
  • i started losing a small spot on my scalp and now it has gooten bigger .. the inner part has started to grow but this is a now a big spot . I am a female and I would really would like to know if something is really and should i get this looked at?
  • Appearance of Alopecia Areata The characteristic patch of alopecia areata is usually round or oval, and is completely bald and smooth. "Exclamation-mark" hairs may be seen at the margin of the patch. These are broken, short hairs that taper at the base. Pulling slightly on these hairs causes them to fall out. Some people may experience a slight burning or tingling in the area of hair loss. Prognosis of Alopecia Areata The progress of alopecia areata is unpredictable. Some people lose hair in only a small patch. Others may have more extensive involvement. Alopecia totalis is the loss of 100% of scalp hair. Alopecia universalis is the loss of 100% of body hair. These last two conditions are rare. In the majority of patients, the hair will regrow completely within 1 year without any treatment. Treatment of Alopecia Areata There are several different treatment options for alopecia areata. The most common is observation. If the patch of hair loss is small, it is reasonable to observe it and allow the hair to regrow on its own. Another option is applying a strong topical steroid such as Diprolene or Temovate to the patch. It may take several months for the hair to grow back using this method. Another common therapeutic option is injection of a steroid, such as Celestone into the involved scalp skin. Initial regrowth of hair can be seen in 4-8 weeks and treatments are repeated every 4-6 weeks. The main side effect from any steroid use is thinning of the skin. Minoxidil has been used to promote hair growth and has shown cosmetically acceptable results in 30% of cases. Minoxidil does not stop the disease process so stopping applications after hair has started to grow back may cause the hair to fall out again. Another type of treatment is designed to produce a contact dermatitis, or irritation, at the site seemingly stimulating hair growth. The most common irritant used is called anthralin. Some studies suggest using minoxidil and anthralin in combination may be more effective. Finally, as a measure when "all else fails", PUVA may be used as a treatment. PUVA is also known as photo chemotherapy. It involves taking a type of drug called psoralens (P) about 2 hours before measured exposure to long-wave ultraviolet light (UVA). This treatment is used most commonly in severe cases of psoriasis. The initiation of hair regrowth may take 40-80 treatments and complete regrowth up to 1-2 years. The Alopecia Areata Cause has been found to actually be a problem with the immune system. It is known as an autoimmune disease because the immune system will actually attack the hair follicle as if it were a foreign body. The human body does not like to be invaded by anything and it will defend itself quite effectively. When the immune system is having problems, however, it may see certain things that are naturally present in the body to be a foreign in nature. That is why many people that have this disease will notice small, round bald spots that appear on the scalp. The disease, although frustrating, does not cause problems that are not cosmetic in nature. Now we know the Alopecia Areata Cause, is there a cure? There are some things that can be done to help the hair grow back, such as injections of steroids in the affected area. There are also some topical steroid creams they can be applied on a regular basis to help the hair grow back. For the most part, however, the hair will grow back on its own in about a year's time, so many people do not worry with medical treatments. There are times when this disease may go into remission for a time and then resurface. For many people, however, once the disease has cleared up, it will be gone for good.
  • My aunty had the same problem, then she divorced her husband & now her hairs thick & bushy all over!
  • Change parents.

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