Read how Your Doctors Online helped Peter diagnose the bald spot on his head.
A 27-year-old male with a bald spot on the head
It has been two weeks since I noticed a bald spot on my head. My colleague pointed out that I had some patches of hair loss at the back of my head. Initially, I ignored it, but then it developed into a very noticeable big bald spot around the size of 2cm. I have experienced stress-induced hair loss on and off before due to my very demanding job, irregular sleeping hours, and poor diet, but this was new and unknown. Furthermore, there was no history of baldness in my family, and my dad still had lustrous hair, so this came as a shock to me.
I was afraid that further delay would worsen my condition and didn’t have time to visit my doctor, so I signed up for Your Doctors Online.
I didn’t want to delay or put off getting myself checked out any further, but my job timings made it practically impossible to see a doctor soon. This situation left me with no choice but to opt for an online medical consultation. This is how I discovered Your Doctors Online and signed up for it. After signing up and entering my details, I sharted chatting with a doctor who asked me questions regarding my condition. Dr Farrukh asked me several questions regarding this bald spot on my head. Some of the questions included:
● Was it spontaneous?
● Do you have any excessive hair loss from other body areas such as the arms, legs and chest?
● Do you have any hair thinning?
● Is there any family history of baldness?
● Do you have any diagnosed medical conditions such as diabetes or rheumatoid arthritis?
The doctor asked me to share a picture of the bald spot on my head, and I was diagnosed with Alopecia Areata!
Dr Farrukh asked me to share a picture of the bald spot on my head. After looking, she informed me that I had a condition called Alopecia Areata.
She explained that this was an autoimmune condition in which the immune system destroys one’s hair follicles. Furthermore, she explained that there is no specific cure, but patients can try several treatment options to regrow hair or prevent hair loss. Treatment options include applying topical agents and injectables to alternative therapies such as supplements and acupuncture.
I had a very satisfying experience, and the doctor guided me thoroughly!
Moreover, Dr Farrukh advised me to follow up with my general physician for a physical check-up and blood workup to rule out any conditions that may have resulted in this. I was not expecting such a satisfying experience. I got all my answers through online consultation on this website, and the doctor diagnosed the bald spot on my head. I am thrilled that I signed up for Your Doctors Online.
What is Alopecia Areata?
Alopecia Areata is an autoimmune condition in which an abnormal immune response occurs, destroying hair follicles and causing hair loss. A genetic predisposition has also been identified.
Symptoms of Alopecia Areata:
Spontaneous hair loss in the form of patches or bald spots on the head.
Hair loss can occur on different body parts, including eyebrows, eyelashes, beards, faces, chest, and bodies.
Types of Alopecia Areata:
● Alopecia Totalis: Hair loss occurs across the entire scalp
● Alopecia Universalis: Hair loss occurs on the face, eyebrows, eyelashes and can appear on other body areas such as the chest, back and pubic hair.
● Alopecia Areata(Patchy): coin-sized hair loss in patches which the scalp, skin, or body.
● Diffuse Alopecia Areata: This involves sudden thinning of hair all over the scalp.
● Ophiasis Alopecia: Hair loss occurs in bands at the sides and back of the scalp.
How is Alopecia Areata diagnosed?
Alopecia Areata can be diagnosed based on an examination. In some cases, a blood workup is done to rule out any underlying autoimmune conditions. In other cases, a scalp biopsy is done to rule out other dermatological conditions.
How is Alopecia Areata treated?
Currently, there is no known cure for this condition. However, several options are available which may help with hair growth. Some treatment options include:
● Topical agents such as Minoxidil, Anthralin and Corticosteroid creams/lotion
● Steroid injections
● Oral imunosuppressants
● Light therapy
● Alternative therapies such as acupuncture, micro-needling, vitamins/supplements, essential oils etc.