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dermdoc19, Dermatologist
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Am a 46 year old male. Seem to have a bare spot on the

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Am a 46 year old male.
Seem to have a bare spot on the side of my chin where no hair grows. Its the size of a small circle, @5-6mm in diameter. Its noticeable after a few hours hair growth.
Is this something I should deal with now?.
Noticed it about 1 month ago
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Dermatology
Expert:  dermdoc19 replied 2 years ago.
This sounds like a condition called alopecia areata. This is due to the body rejecting the hair follicles and producing chemicals called cytokines which are temporarily paralyzing the hair follicles and preventing them from growing hair.
Expert:  dermdoc19 replied 2 years ago.
This is best treated with injections of cortisone into the area. Your physician might also try a topical steroid such as Desoximetasone or a calcineurin inhibitor such as Tacrolimus.
Expert:  dermdoc19 replied 2 years ago.
The hair will eventually grow back normally; treatment just hastens the time to re-growth. You might try Hydrocortisone ointment 1% on the area twice a day, until you can consult with a physician.I would be happy to answer further questions. If you care to send a picture so that I might confirm the diagnosis, please do not hesitate to do so.
Expert:  dermdoc19 replied 2 years ago.
Your physician should also checkfor other so-called auto-immune disease such as thyroid problems, pernicious anemia, and Addison's Disease depending on your symptoms. Some authorities feel that adding Vitamin D will make the hair go in faster. 1000 I.U. a day should suffice.
I would be happy to answer any questions or entertain any of your thoughts.