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A 20-year-old male asked:

my 13 years old son got hair dandruff and hairfall, he got checked and for dandruff it is controlled (but doc said hairloss is his hair nature)?

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Dr. Forrest Jones
Specializes in Family Medicine
May need dermatology: Were you told that your 13 year old son has permanent hair loss due to hereditary hair loss? It is not unusual to see temporary hair loss in adolescents especially if there is sickness or poor nutrition. Is permanent hair loss at such an early age typical in your family or his father's family? If not, then you may want to have a dermatologist review your son's condition. Hope that helps.
Dr. Neigatha Graney
Pediatrics 37 years experience
Return to Doctor: Tinea Capitis, a scalp fungal infection; can appear similar to a dandruff condition. Symptoms of flaking, itching, dryness overlap in both conditions however hair loss is a key feature in fungal scalp infection; is also contagious & can be spread to other close contacts. Treated with oral medication, topicals are not effective. See your doctor for re-evaluation or referral to a Dermatologist.

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