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Why Do I Have Bald Patches?

You could be at the hairdressers, you could be in the shower, or you could have just got out of bed. Being told, feeling or seeing a random bald patch on your scalp is the last thing anyone wants to experience. But for 2% of the population, alopecia areata is a very real, spontaneous form of hair loss that leaves the sufferer distressed and confused.

Alopecia areata is a condition that sees sudden bald patches appearing in the scalp, beard, eyebrows, or anywhere else on the body. There may be only one bald patch or there may be a few and despite the alarming nature of the condition, it does not indicate any other form of physical illness.

People who develop these small, rounded bald patches are generally in good health but for some unknown reason the body’s immune system has turned on itself and is affecting the hair follicles. Alopecia areata is classified as an autoimmune disorder and has been linked to other conditions of a similar nature such as overactive and underactive thyroids, coeliac disease and diabetes. Unlike these conditions however, hair loss is alopecia areata’s only known symptom.

Success using 12.5% minoxidil creamGet in touch with a hair loss specialist if you have developed sudden patchy hair loss. It’s believed this type of shedding may be the result of severe or chronic stress and in 70% of cases it should grow back on its own without treatment. However, if it’s an immediate concern for you or if the hair hasn’t grown back within six months, treatment for Alopecia Areata can be helpful.

Some options include steroid injections into the scalp, but not only are they extremely painful they can cause high blood pressure, diabetes and suppress the immune system. Then there’s puva or UV light treatment, but it could cause burning, itchiness and increase the risk of skin cancer. Contact sensitisation is another method where chemicals are used to cause an allergic reaction on the scalp in hope to distract the immune system, but it’s irritating, may cause inflammation and affect skin colour. Transplant surgery is a possibility but not always, so speak to a hair loss specialist about it.

Belgravia has had notable success in treating mild to moderate cases of Alopecia Areata with high strength minoxidil which is applied directly to the bald patches, daily. Many examples of clients before and after starting treatment can be seen in our Alopecia Areata Treatment Success Stories gallery.

If you’d like to arrange an appointment with a hair loss specialist, call the Belgravia Centre on 020 7730 6666 or send an email. If you can’t make it into the centre, fill in the online diagnostic form for expert knowledge and impartial advice on the best method of treatment for your individual case.

More Information:
Hair Loss in Men
Hair Loss in Women
Minoxidil – All You Need to Know

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11th January, 2016 at 8:26 am


Dear sir/madam I am starting to get a bald patch about size of a 2 pound coin just at the side of my head just above my ear as j have shoulder length hair I can disguise it but for how long what if it spreads and the patch gets bigger . I do have very fine hair so have to wash every day is over washing causing this . Regards Michelle

12th January, 2016 at 4:06 pm

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Michelle, One of our hair loss specialists has provided a full response to your query for you, here. We hope this helps.

12th November, 2016 at 1:12 am


Hello, I just discovered a bald patch near my neckline the size of a coin. Recently my hair started shedding more than usual. I don't colour or straighten my hair and I use silicone free shampoo. I am really worried because i feel my hair getting thinner. In general my hair looks very healthy, soft and shiney. Please help me out.

14th November, 2016 at 12:23 pm

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Ghaza, we would need to assess you in order to give you a proper diganosis but this sounds like a case of Alopecia Areata, potentially with Telogen Effluvium or Diffuse Thinning. You can be completely healthy and still experience these conditions which are often brought on by shock or extreme stress. Alopecia Areata causes rounded bald patches - either just one or many - anywhere on the scalp. It is an autoimmune condition and the hair should regrow naturally within 12 months or treatment is available to help accelerate this. Telogen Effluvium or its more Chronic form cause thinning hair all over the scalp and, whilst temporary, can last a minimum of six months. We recommend you have a professional trichocheck with a hair loss specialist so that they can diagnose precisely which hair loss condition(s) you are experiencing and tailor a treatment plan to suit.

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