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Q&A: What has caused sudden bald spot on back of my head?

Name: Mari

A patchy bald spot can be caused by ringworm, often caught from infected pets, or it can be the first stage of Alopecia Areata.Question: What would cause me to suddenly have a bald spot on the back of my head? It’s about the size of a half dollar and looks as if someone took a pair of clippers to my head. It is not smooth bald, more of a fuzzy bald.

Answer: Ringworm or tinea capitis results in a patchy form of hair loss that is not smooth. The area can also itch or flake. Ringworm is often passed on by infected pets. A specialist needs to examine the area to determine whether the hair loss is due to ringworm or an autoimmune condition that is called Alopecia Areata. We offer a free consulation with a Belgravia specialist – the clinic is open 7 days a week and the appointment takes around 30 – 45 minutes. If you are unable to visit the London clinic, complete the online diagnostic form and submit a photograph of the affected area and a specialist will review your case and contact you.

Both conditions are treatable; a GP will prescribe anti-fungal cream and or oral medication. If the condition turns out to be Alopecia Areata, we can recommend the Minoxidil 12.5% + Azelaic Acid. This is prepared by the in-house pharmacy at Belgravia and is effective at treating particularly stubborn areas of hair loss.

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