Worried that I could have alopecia universalis. 27 year old male. (Photo)
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You would best be served with an evaluation by a Dermatologist.
Alopecia universalis is complete loss of all hair on the body and scalp. This is clearly not the case depicted here, as you have a considerable amount of scalp hair. Minoxidil is not associated with loss of body hair, however, this can occur infrequently with propecia. Psoriasis can certainly have an impact on hair growth in the areas where the plaques are. You would best be served with an evaluation by a dermatologist.
See a dermatologist
Alopecia Universalis is complete loss of all body hair. It is clear from your picture this is not currently the case. Finasteride (Propecia) is associated with body hair thinning not 5% minoxidil. Psoriasis is associated with hair loss in affected areas. Best to consult with a dermatologist for assessment.
One needs to be clear here about definitions. If a person has even 1 hair one his or her scalp, that person does not have alopecia universalis. The photo shows a male with scalp hair so by definition this is not alopecia universalis. To diagnose the precise cause would require an up close examination. See a dermatologist.
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