Im 24 and I noticed my hair thinning approximately two years ago. However it was hardly noticable. My dermatologist said it was due to hereditary and put me on Propecia. About three months later my hair began to fall out rapidly (about 200 plus hairs in the shower alone) from all over my head. It later slowed down to around 80 plus in the shower and has been consistently falling out at this rate for around a year. It seems to be affecting the top of my head more that the sides but it is hard to tell since it is diffuse loss. I saw a hair specialist who diagnosed me with mild diffuse Alopecia Areata. He prescribed a topical to apply once at night which in a few weeks stopped my hair loss completely. My question is will the hair I’ve lost ever grow back?
The diagnosis of diffuse alopecia areata is best made with a skin biopsy. Have you had that done? You have two diagnosis of genetic balding and alopecia areata…. both are not good from a hair loss perspective, but both can be treated. You need a confirmed diagnosis first and foremost. The treatment of alopecia areata is highly specialized. Some doctors use steroids to suppress the reaction in hope that the autoimmune process can be reversed. I wrote about a special treatment for this disease before — see Alopecia Areata in a Patient with a Miracle Cure (with Photos).