Ms McDaniel

I seem to have developed a male pattern of Baldness. I am not combing an abnormal amount of hair out, however, I continue to get either very thin areas or actual spots where there is no hair. My scalp is also very pink and shiny. I am currently using topical products to fill in the gaps.

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Jan 14, 2009
Baldness Needs Medical Attention
by: Seymour M. Weaver, III, M.D.

Ms. McDaniel you mention that you are concerned about male pattern of baldness. When this type of thinning occurs in females it is called female pattern baldness which is a version of androgenetic alopecia due to hereditary hormonal factors.

However, this type of hair loss is not associated with pink, shiny areas of the scalp or spots where there is no hair. These are all signs of a medical condition being active on your scalp and the areas you describe as shiny can be a sign of atrophy which can be associated with scarring and cicatricial alopecia which can be permanent.

You should seek medical attention right away to get a specific diagnosis. Once the reason for your hair loss is identified, treatment can be given to heal your scalp, stop the hair loss and see how much hair will grow back.

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