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Sarita Nori, MD (Dermatology)

Dr. Sarita Nori was drawn to dermatology because of the intersection of science and medicine that is at the heart of dermatology. She feels this is what really allows her to help her patients. “There is a lot of problem-solving in dermatology and I like that,” she explains. “It’s also a profession where you can help people quickly and really make a difference in their lives.” | Some of the typical skin problems that Dr. Nori treats include skin cancers, psoriasis, acne, eczema, rashes, and contact dermatitis. Dr Nori believes in using all possible avenues of treatment, such as biologics, especially in patients with chronic diseases such as eczema and psoriasis. “These medications can work superbly, and they are really life-changing for many patients.” | Dr. Nori feels it’s important for patients to have a good understanding of the disease or condition that is affecting them. “I like to educate my patients on their problem and have them really understand it so they can take the best course of action. Patients always do better when they understand their skin condition, and how to treat it.”

Yukiko Ueda, MD

Yukiko Ueda, MD (Dermatology)

Dr. Ueda graduated from the Niigata University School of Medicine and trained at the University of Tokyo Medical School. She is currently a clinical assistant professor at the Department of Dermatology, Jichi Medical University, and holds several posts in the dermatology departments at Kyoto Prefectural University of Medicine, Komagome Hospital, University of Tokyo, and the Medical Center of Japan Red Cross Society.

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  • Before the hair loss, the scalp was itchy

  • Receding hairline

  • No new hair growth

  • Patches of skin with no pigmentation with patches of pigmentation inside

  • Depressions on nail

  • Front part of the hairline is moving back

  • Itchy scalp before the hair started to fall

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Content updated on Jan 19, 2024

What is alopecia areata?

An autoimmune disease where the body's immune system attacks hair follicles, causing areas of hair loss that are typically patchy and round in shape.

Symptoms of alopecia areata

  • Hair loss

  • Scalp itch or discomfort, followed by hair falling out

  • Change in nail shape

  • History of connective tissue, autoimmune or rheumatic disease

  • a white spot

  • History of eczema / atopic dermatitis

  • Mental stress or physical exhaustion

Questions your doctor may ask to check for alopecia areata

  • Are you experiencing increased hair loss?

  • Did your scalp itch before hair loss?

  • Did your nail shape change?

  • Have you ever been diagnosed with a connective tissue, autoimmune, or rheumatic disease?

  • Have you been diagnosed with eczema?

Treatment for alopecia areata

In some cases, hair may regrow without treatment. Otherwise, steroid creams or injections to the bald area may be useful. There are medications to help with severe cases.

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References

  • Zhou C, Li X, Wang C, Zhang J. Alopecia Areata: an Update on Etiopathogenesis, Diagnosis, and Management. Clin Rev Allergy Immunol. 2021 Dec;61(3):403-423. doi: 10.1007/s12016-021-08883-0. Epub 2021 Aug 17. PMID: 34403083.

    https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s12016-021-08883-0

  • Sterkens A, Lambert J, Bervoets A. Alopecia areata: a review on diagnosis, immunological etiopathogenesis and treatment options. Clin Exp Med. 2021 May;21(2):215-230. doi: 10.1007/s10238-020-00673-w. Epub 2021 Jan 1. PMID: 33386567.

    https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10238-020-00673-w

  • Gilhar A, Etzioni A, Paus R. Alopecia areata. N Engl J Med. 2012 Apr 19;366(16):1515-25. doi: 10.1056/NEJMra1103442. PMID: 22512484.

    https://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMra1103442

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Reviewed By:

Sarita Nori, MD

Sarita Nori, MD (Dermatology)

Dr. Sarita Nori was drawn to dermatology because of the intersection of science and medicine that is at the heart of dermatology. She feels this is what really allows her to help her patients. “There is a lot of problem-solving in dermatology and I like that,” she explains. “It’s also a profession where you can help people quickly and really make a difference in their lives.” | Some of the typical skin problems that Dr. Nori treats include skin cancers, psoriasis, acne, eczema, rashes, and contact dermatitis. Dr Nori believes in using all possible avenues of treatment, such as biologics, especially in patients with chronic diseases such as eczema and psoriasis. “These medications can work superbly, and they are really life-changing for many patients.” | Dr. Nori feels it’s important for patients to have a good understanding of the disease or condition that is affecting them. “I like to educate my patients on their problem and have them really understand it so they can take the best course of action. Patients always do better when they understand their skin condition, and how to treat it.”

Yukiko Ueda, MD

Yukiko Ueda, MD (Dermatology)

Dr. Ueda graduated from the Niigata University School of Medicine and trained at the University of Tokyo Medical School. She is currently a clinical assistant professor at the Department of Dermatology, Jichi Medical University, and holds several posts in the dermatology departments at Kyoto Prefectural University of Medicine, Komagome Hospital, University of Tokyo, and the Medical Center of Japan Red Cross Society.

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