Q. In the past few days I have lost about a third of an inch of hair from my moustache just below where the nose starts. Why has this happened as the rest of my beard and moustache are intact and the hair is not falling? I have been experiencing hair loss for quite a few years but this never happened. Also, I have itching inside my nose for the past few days. Please suggest some remedy.
A. This condition is probably due to alopecia areata, which is an inflammatory condition of the hair follicles. In a large percentage of people the hair re-grows spontaneously in about 2-3 months. Topical steroids and minoxidil are usually used to treat the condition.