Hi, for the last ten months I’ve been having diffuse hair loss all over my scalp. Both top and sides of my head. My hair line has not receded. Within these ten months, I would say that I’ve lost about 60% or more of my total hair. All of the hairs have the small white bulb at the end. I’ve gone to a dermatologist and he suggested that it might be TE or MPB. I then went to an endocrinologist and had some blood work done. I came out having slight hyperthyroidism and I show many of the symptoms.
It seems that my hair loss has continued the same. I have slight hair regrowth but it tends to fall and my hairs still have the white bulb at the end. this problem began in june ’09 and I had been under a great stress two months prior. I am now 19. I have been on methimazole for about a month now and I am really anxious to try propecia. Do you believe this to be TE or MPB? Thank You.
I really don’t know what you’re seeing, so I can not recommend anything without checking out the hair loss for myself. My examination would include Miniaturiaton studies and bulk measurement with a HAIRCHECK instrument. I need to make a diagnosis and to see the distribution of your hair loss and knowing what you mean by hair loss over my entire scalp, does not mean anything to me from a diagnostic point of view.
The patient who wrote this some years ago was not too far from my Los Angeles office, so i suggested that he should come to our office for a free consultation. My office at 310-553-9113 (or 800-NEW-HAIR). If he had been from out-or town, I would have suggested that he see a local dermatologist to start, get his/her diagnosis and then if the diagnosis is not nailed down, try a telephone consultation with us by sending good pictures (which will be held confidential) and then get an opinion from us. This patient made a diagnosis on himself as diffuse alopecia, If this is the case, we could refine that diagnosis and determine if it was diffuse patterned alopecia or diffuse unpatterned alopecia. The former diagnosis is treatable while the latter diagnosis may not be treatable.