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Old 05-23-2010, 10:09 PM
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It seems I'm experiencing some thinning above my ears/sideburns area and around my neckline. The hair there is getting very wiry and kinky. Its not as noticeable when its cut shorter but when it grows out I can tell. The area also happens to itch somewhat frequently and it seems I can pull 1-2 hair out each time I try to in the area. I'm going to have a biopsy and some blood work done in the not to distant future but was wondering if anyone has/had experienced this? thanks!
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Old 05-24-2010, 06:12 PM
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hdude46,

You could be experiencing DUPA or diffuse unpatterned alopecia. But I do think a good first step is to consult a physician like you're doing. You may also consider consulting a hair specialist like a dermatologist/trichologist.

Let us know how you make out.

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Old 05-24-2010, 10:04 PM
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Most dermatologists will only be able to offer a biopsy which would be a good idea in your case. However, you may want to at least get a second opinion from a hair restoration specialist and make sure you bring your biopsy results.
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Old 05-25-2010, 09:30 PM
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well i could be wrong but i dont think its dupa. ive kinda noticed it just happens on some gus with mpb, ive attached a few pics though for u guys to see. what u cant see is that my hairline has receded a bit as well over the last 5-6 yrs. im almost 26 yrs old fyi.
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Old 05-26-2010, 07:23 PM
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Definitely a good idea to see a specialist but I believe thinning around the bottom of the hair (neck/ears) can be attributable to MPB. My father went thin around that area (as well as the traditional crown/temples) and I've heard a few people refer to the are as the "second hairline" because of the potential for it to also thin.

The tests are a good way to rule out any other potential problems but I feel it could just be part of the natural thinning/balding process. My father still has hair in this neck/ear region but it's thinner and more diffuse than the rest of his "donor region", so although I can't offer any expert advice I can say I've seen something similar happen first hand.
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Do you wear a hat alot? I've seen some guys thin in those spots and many wear a hat...if nothing else, quit wearing the hat for a while and see what happens.

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I have had the same thinning around the ears for quite some time. It's hard to say whether it has got any worse over the past 5 years, but you can see it in my 5 month pre-op photos and probably some of the photos up to the 3 month post-op mark where I was taking pictures around the scar.

When my hair is long the hair around the ears is lacking in volume compared to the rest so it looks a bit unbalanced (and contrasts quite a lot with the HT hair). It's also kind of kinky so it sticks out. When its short it looks better, but patchy.

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could this be a thyroid problem??
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Old 06-13-2010, 05:01 PM
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anyone have anything to add? i will say that it seems like its gotten worse since when i started taking finasteride almost a yr ago. the fin seems to have stabilized things on top i think but the area above my ears has definitely gotten worse. anyone know what this could be from?

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Old 06-13-2010, 09:14 PM
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your looks fine to me from looking at your pics. if you do a search of DUPA or diffuse unpatterned alopecia I think you'll see some hair pics that look way worse than yours. only way to know for sure is to have a qualified HT doctor take a look.
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