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Problem of facial hair loss - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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Very Good Posted in: Skin Hair and Nails
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Practicing since : 2004
Answered : 40 Questions
Doctor :   Hi
User :   hi
Doctor :   I am Dr. AAAAAAA
User :   i am AAAAAAA
Doctor :   How can i help you ?
User :   need some help
Doctor :   please proceed
User :   for some time now i have got few patches on my chin and hair (beard) has stopped growing there
Doctor :   Ok
User :   it is small round dime sized
User :   very smooth
Doctor :   Ok
User :   i just noticed that the area is increasing
Doctor :   Ok
User :   can u advise the reason for this and treatment?
Doctor :   Are these white patches?
User :   nope
User :   colourless
User :   it is just smooth with no hair growing
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   May I know your age?
User :   35
Doctor :   Since when are you noticing these symptoms?
User :   a month
Doctor :   Do you have itching, burning sensation over these areas?
User :   nope....nothing
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   Do you have reduced hair in other areas such as arm pits, pubic regions/
Doctor :   Do you have any problems with sexual functions?
User :   no for both
Doctor :   Do you have any skin allergies?
User :   no
Doctor :   Are you on any pills?
User :   no
Doctor :   Do you have any previous medical illness?
User :   no
Doctor :   Have you seen a doctor for your this condition?
User :   not yet
Doctor :   Ok.
Doctor :   Let me brief you.
User :   ok
Doctor :   Hair loss is termed as alopecia in medical terms.
Doctor :   This can occur due to multiple problems such as endocrine problems, genetic, nutritional, infective or autoimmune problems.
Doctor :   As I haven't examined you,
Doctor :   * I mean, I haven't physically examined you, I cannot pinpoint the exact cause that is responsible for this problems.
User :   OK
Doctor :   However based on your description, its probably
User :   ok
Doctor :   infective, local allergies or rarely autoimmune problems that is causing these symptoms.
User :   what is autoimmune?
Doctor :   You will need physical examination by a dermatologist, and if necessary biopsy of the affected skin to know which among the above is the cause.
User :   ok
Doctor :   By autoimmune, I meant, occasionally auto antibodies can affect the skin causing similar problems, however, the possibility is unlikely as
Doctor :   there are no other symptoms.
User :   no
User :   just two more questions
User :   is this common ?
User :   is the hair loss permanent?
Doctor :   Biopsy of the skin sample will answer this question.
User :   ok
Doctor :   If no antibodies are found, then cosmetic correction in the form of hair transplant can be attempted,
Doctor :   hence, you need not concern.
Doctor :   There is a solution.
Doctor :   Correcting the cause such as infection or local allergies can trigger the hair production.
Doctor :   Consult a dermatologist who after the examination and tests will provide you what the specific measures will be.
Doctor :   Have you followed what I have suggested?
User :   yes i have...thanks a lot dr AAAAAAA
Doctor :   Do you have any other query?
Doctor :   Do you have any other query?
Doctor :   Are you there?
User :   nope thanks
User :   thanks a lot
User :   i am logging off
Doctor :   Thanks for consulting me. Bye for now.
User :   bye
Doctor :   Please log in back, if you have any medical queries.
User :   ok
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