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Trioz

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I have been suffering for 3 months with hair loss and due to covid-19 its been so difficult seeking support.

My GP doctor told me that I have telogen effluvium however alongside general thinning I have a number of bald patches, pitted nails and other symptoms which all point towards alopecia areata.

I'm not getting any treatment other than iron supplements and the problem is worsening. I'm sure there must be something out there that could help the issue. Can anyone suggest where I could try next get some help to tackle the issue? I really feel as thought my doctor has misdiagnosed the issue.
 
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Bigmac

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A lot of GP`s don`t know enough about hair loss and the effects it can have on your wellbeing. Have you got some pictures you can post showing your situation? Block or crop your face out if you don`t want to be recognised.
Some treatments include Minoxidil, Corticosteroid creams, steroid injections and some will use natural oils such as Tea Tree. You need to have it diagnosed to see what is causing it. You may need to see a dermatologist or a trichologist.
 
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Trioz

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These are the most recent images I have from yesterday. My ponytail is about 60-70% thinner than it was as I had very thick hair. This started with me noticing my hair thinning which my hair dresser said was seasonal, one bald patch (I was given dermovate for which now has regrowth),quite rapid thinning over a couple of months and I've now discovered 4 new patches yesterday which are as attached in pictures

Thank you for your response! Just feeling very lost on what to do and as you say the wellbeing impact is horrible but if i could get some positive progress or a treatment to try id be so much more positive about the entire issue
 

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It does not look like a telogen effluvium pattern and does resemble alopecia areata. You say it`s been 3 months. Have you noticed the hair growing back in any of the other bald areas? If so, I would say it is alopecia areata which can strike at any time.
Try not to let it get you down as once you have the correct diagnosis a treatment plan can be worked out that will manage it.
 
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Trioz

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The first patch I found end of march has grown about 1-1.5cm since I used the weeks course of dermovate so I've just started using the leftover from the tube on the new patches.

Thank you for your response i will definitely persist for a dermatology referral!
 
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Bigmac

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If growing back it does sound like alopecia areata. A derm or a trichologist should be able to diagnose this and advise what treatments to try.
You can search online or ask places like Alopecia UK for advice.
 
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