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White patches, end of hairline - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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Very Good Posted in: Skin Hair and Nails
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User :   hi.. i m having a white patch at the end of hairline at back of head..the patch is circular and there are no hair on it. Hair surrounds it though
Doctor :   Hi
User :   hey
User :   can you tell me what it is exactly..
Doctor :   from when did you notice that hair loss and patch ?
User :   this sunday when my hair dresser cut too fine
User :   its around 5 mm in diameter circular and at the back of head
Doctor :   there is absolutely no hair in the region of the patch ?
User :   hairs surround it but no hairs on it..
User :   yes none
User :   pretty different skin than normal..its kind of smooth
Doctor :   it is alopacea
User :   what is tht and how is it cured?
Doctor :   to know the exact cause you need to get it physically examined by a dermatologist
Doctor :   and if necessary a biopsy will be taken
Doctor :   than only the treatment option can be discussed
User :   biopsy? is it critical..
Doctor :   what is critical in biopsy ?
Doctor :   it is just to make a diagnosis
User :   ok..
User :   sounds good.. i meant this alopacea is not something critical and curable..right?
Doctor :   there is no critical thing involved in the patchy hair loss

Doctor :   curable and the treatment option can be told only after the physical assessment
User :   I have one more central palm becomes too dry.. i mean itchy..i keep applying vascline..this is happening from last 4 months.. i thought its because of cold but now its not even cold..
User :   only a small region ..not whole palm
Doctor :   is there any other areas of the body where there is skin reactions like you mentioned now
User :   no..
User :   just left palm
User :   in central area..
Doctor :   is there scalling of skin ?
User :   i sometimes scratch it but skin is harder
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