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What blood test is there to determine why I an losing my hair

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Dr. Karolina Krawczyk-faler
Family Medicine 4 years experience
Hair loss: Extensive hair loss to the point that is identified as alopecia can be due to variety of issues- stress, anemia, hormonal changes, hair cycle itself. ... Read More
Dr. Donald Colantino
Internal Medicine 61 years experience
Dermatologist: A dermatologist can examine you and determine what type of hair loss you have and whether it's permanent. Disorders like thyroid disease or other horm... Read More
Dr. Bradford Romans
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If you can, find: a Dermatopathologist, and go for a consultation .Also a justifiable 2nd opinion. What type of Alopecia is crucial in guiding treatment and management.... Read More

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A male asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Physical exam: Is he losing his hair? Telogen effluvium and alopecia areata can both affect teens and don't need blood work. As junior learns about his changing body... Read More
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Dr. Maritza Baez
Family Medicine 17 years experience
May not know: You might pull your hair in your sleep or under stress. You might be color treating your hair or brushing your hair while it's wet, or wearing ponytai... Read More
Dr. Kevin Daus
Obstetrics and Gynecology 37 years experience
Hair Loss: Also, you may want to change to a sls free shampoo and conditioner. Avoid perms and colors. Remember the hair has a cycle of growth rest and sheddin... Read More
Dr. Carla Enriquez
Pediatrics 50 years experience
Skin condition: Most commonly, spotty hair loss is due to seborrhea or eczema of the scalp. If the hair loss leaves completely smooth patches of scalp, you may have a... Read More
A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. Otto Placik
Plastic Surgery 34 years experience
Yes: If you are experiencing fluttering of your heart, you need an EKG to evaluate your heart rhythm.
A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. Karen Butler
Family Medicine 21 years experience
Hereditary: Sounds like hereditary balding. Not a lot you can do. There are transplants and some products out there you could try
A 35-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
No one specific test: One's primary care doctor can check for medical causes. If none are found, then one can see a dermatologist, especially one specializing in hair resto... Read More
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Tonya Fordham
Family Medicine 22 years experience
Take the iron: Did he check for the vitamin d as well as this can lead to hair loss. There are meds to help and surgical procedures. Hopefully replacement of needed ... Read More
A 39-year-old male asked:
Dr. Bob Ourian
Dermatology 26 years experience
No: No blood test is necessary. If you develop any side effect such as impotence or gynecomastia (enlarged male breasts), you can stop taking the medicati... Read More
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Dr. Yvette Kratzberg
Pediatrics 24 years experience
Hair loss: Hair loss can be genetic, due to hormonal changes, medications, smoking, stress, or sudden extreme weight loss. To minimize hair loss, see a doctor ab... Read More
A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Killian
General Practice 28 years experience
Not your job: It is not your job to order blood tests. If you have a concern then you address it with your family doctor. They will know exactly what tests should b... Read More

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