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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    Why is there a patch of white hair on my eyebrow?

    The hair on my eyebrows used to be all black. However about six months ago three hairs on my eyebrow became white. It wasn't until the past month that a patch of hair on my right eyebrow became white.
    It is only hair that has become white not my skin. There is also no hair loss in that area.

    I have booked an appointment to see a dermatologist that specializes in hair, however the appointment is not until nearly the end of the year.
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    Prof Rodney Sinclair

    Dermatologist (Skin Specialist)

    Professor Sinclair is a Professor of Dermatology at the University of Melbourne and Director of Sinclair Dermatology. He is past-president of the Australasian Society for … View Profile

    There are a number of possible explinations.

    A white patch present at birth could be either poliosis or a feature of Wardenberg syndrome which is associated with hearing loss.

    An acquired white patch could indicate vitiligo or recovery following alopecia areata. A visit to your dermatologists should provide you with a diagnosis and treatment.

    The Epworth runs a specialist hair loss and hair disorder clinic if you would like to be seen sooner. 

    Rod Sinclair
    Professor of Dermatology
    Epworth Healthcare

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