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Increasing Balding At Back Of Head Near The Neck. Do I Have Alopecia Areata?

Discussion in 'Women's Alopecia Areata' started by Tisha, Feb 6, 2018.

  1. Tisha

    Tisha New Member

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    I got my blood tests done, Thyroid is fine, Iron(ferratin) was very low. Started with iron suppliments.
    My doctor diagnosed me with Telogen efflivium, but this seems different to me. I was advised by my doctor to start minoxidil 3%, but I read about its side effects and that you have to continue using it for the entire life, and if you stop the hair falls again.
    The balding is increasing upwards from the neck, I also have very less hair on my temples.
    Apart from this I have almost 50% of my hair turn prematurely grey.
    Can this lead to Alopecia Totalis?
     

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    Can't help but compare my nape with yours. It looks so similar and I'm wondering the same considering I'm only 23 years old. The thing is I have never find any informations about have fast does alopecia totalis progresses. It just so strange I've never met or seen anyone with this pattern...
     

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    Hi Amal,
    I too am 23 and this pattern is just increasing upwards. Were you diagnosed with Totalis by your doctor? Is there anything that you were recommended to take, any prescription?
    The only thing for me is low Iron and VitD3.
     
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    Yes, I'm experiencing the same, my pattern is also moving upwards. I haven't been diagnosed at all. Some said Androgenetic Alopecia, some telogen effluivum. To me this doesn't seem like Androgenetic Alopecia at least not the female pattern.
    Im only taking multivitamin and iron supplement,from time to time I put castor oil but the only thing that noticebly decreased my hair loss is loreal shampoo, argainin something... I've tried almost everything except minoxidil and all the medications that doctors prescribe..
    Are you shedding a lot?
     
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    Yes I am shedding a lot. Tried a number of shampoos, none helped. Will give a shot to Loreal once. Will keep you updated.!
     
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    hello all,

    Has anyone on this thread gotten a good diagnosis for this pattern or helpful treatment options?
    I am 31 and began seeing serious thinning a year and a half ago, mostly the back and sides of my head. My nape line has been creeping up- I have lost a lot there, and always have a red patch. My scalp has less feeling capacity back there, too, which is weird, but sometimes feels bruised in patches or gets a pins and needles feeling. I went to a derm who diagnosed me with Androgenetic Alopecia because I have miniaturization, but the majority of my thinning (and total loss on the back) is in the opposite places as Androgenetic Alopecia, so I wonder if I have ophiasis, and I wonder how to get a derm to take me seriously. I definitely do have miniaturization- on a lot of my shed hairs, in a matter of 3 inches, the root end is near blond and thin and the other end is thick and dark brown. I am from SF, CA, and am living in Athens, Greece and would take recs on anyone good in either place, or any advice. I also have lichen sclerosus, eczema, interstitial cystitis, etc- autoimmune-y, inflammatory, skin diseases :( and my mom has hair loss that is extensive but will never discuss it. Hers started when she was much older than me, but she has worn hair for many years. I attached a (bad) picture of the nape in case that helps. I am so confused and not sure how to proceed. The last derm I saw in Greece was an old man who told me I need real things to worry about in my life and just buy volumizing shampoo (and then charged me 100 euros). Feeling sad.
     
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    No, you don't have Alopecia Areata and no need for any treatment. Its natural and your hair looks good.
     
  8. Laura Eve

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    How dare you. You do not have her hair. You do not know what is normal and what is not for her.
     
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