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Bald spot on beard. Smoker and heavy drinker. Diagnosed with Epstein Barr virus?

Hi. I m a 33 year old male. A year ago I noticed a dime size bald spot in my beard. It s not completely bald, but very thin in comparison to the rest of my beard and the hair that does grow there is pure white. I have no other white or gray here anywhere on my body and since first noticing it, it has grown to the size of about a half dollar, though it s not perfectly circular. In case it s relevant, I have HCM and take 100-150 mg of Atenelol daily as directed by my cardiologist . I m also a smoker and a fairly heavy drinker. I was also diagnosed with Epstein Barr virus at 14. Any idea what this is and what s causing it? Oh, and I m also pretty much horseshoe bald on my head. Thanks
Asked On : Sat, 22 Sep 2012
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From the description it could be a condition called alopecia areata. This is an immune mediated disease characterized by patchy non scarring hair loss. Without an opportunity to closely examine the lesion, I would not be able to accurately specify the condition. You might need to consider a consultation with dermatologist for diagnosis and treatment.
I usually treat a single patch of alopecia areata with intralesional steroid injection once in three weeks along with local application of minoxidil solution.
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Answered: Wed, 4 Sep 2013
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