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Dr. Alan Bauman
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Hair Loss (Overview)

Hair loss, otherwise known as alopecia, can be caused by different reasons, including damage to the hair shaft or follicles or fungal infections. There are two main types of alopecia. Alopecia areata occurs when the body's immune system attacks hair follicles and causes hair to fall out. Androgenetic (or androgenic) alopecia, on the other hand, is an inherited form of hair loss. With alopecia areata, hair can fall out in patches all over the body. With androgenetic alopecia, hair on the head first thins and then falls out. In men, this is called male pattern hair loss; in women, it is called female diffuse hair loss.


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What causes hair loss?

What causes hair loss?

Too many reasons: Stress, hormonal disturbance, infection (of hair follicles), chemotherapy/use of immunosuppressant, autoimmune disorders, thyroid disease, just name a few. ...Read more

Dr. Alan Bauman
1,419 Doctors shared insights

Hair Loss (Overview)

Hair loss, otherwise known as alopecia, can be caused by different reasons, including damage to the hair shaft or follicles or fungal infections. There are two main types of alopecia. Alopecia areata occurs when the body's immune system attacks hair follicles and causes hair to fall out. Androgenetic (or androgenic) alopecia, on the other hand, is an inherited form of hair loss. With alopecia areata, hair can fall out in patches all over the body. With androgenetic alopecia, hair on the head first thins and then falls out. In men, this is called male pattern hair loss; in women, it is called female diffuse hair loss.


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Which factors that cause hair loss and what clinical tests should I do? Thanks

Which factors that cause hair loss and what clinical tests should I do? Thanks

History ; physical: Lab testing is of little value in finding the cause of hair loss. The four common entities are male pattern baldness, which usually begins soonest in the most hairy-chested men and follows the typical pattern. Alopecia areata is often permanent but not in this distribution; telogen effluvium is transient, and fungus infections have a typical look around the base of the hair. ...Read more

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Hair loss (Tip)

Daily biotin prevents falling of hair and helps rejuvinate hair, giving them shine. ...See more

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Managing Hair Loss (Checklist)

Eat foods high in protein, low in sugars
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Don't tie your hair too tightly
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Use deep oil conditioning at least weekly
Weekly
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What tests does a dermatologist do to determine reasons for hair loss in a woman?

What tests does a dermatologist do to determine reasons for hair loss in a woman?

Hair Loss: Your doctor may perform blood tests to determine if you have a medical condition that causes hair loss, such as thyroid disease, diabetes or lupus. When a diagnosis is difficult to confirm, your doctor may perform a punch biopsy. During this test, the doctor uses a circular tool to remove a small section of your scalp skin's deeper layers. ...Read more

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Is there any OTC medicines to treat hair loss?

Is there any OTC medicines to treat hair loss?

Minoxidil: Rogaine (minoxidil) = Minoxidil has been approved for over the counter sale. However, you should first see your primary doctor to rule out any diseases that can cause hair loss such has hyperthyroidism. ...Read more

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Reducing Ingrown Hairs (Checklist)

Scrub commonly affected areas with a loofah
Daily
Allow hair to grow out in areas you shave
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Wear clothing that does not cause irritation
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What could cause hair loss in a teenager?

What could cause hair loss in a teenager?

Many possibilities: Many possible causes of hair loss including genetic inheritance, underlying medical disorder such as hypothyroid, anemia, hormonal imbalance, nutritional deficiencies, reaction to meds, stress or trauma, over-processing or treatment with chemicals (ie: straighteners, dyes, perms), hair extensions or braids causing tension on roots or follicles, scalp conditions. ...Read more

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Several months ago eu approved acell regenerating therapy. Does it mean it is a proven and 100% successful procedure for hair loss?

Which product?: I would be interested to research this for you if you can be specific about which product that's been approved in the eu that has cell regeneration therapy for hair loss. Dr. Valerie horsley at yale is an expert using stem cell research to understand how to generate new hair follicles. I am not aware of any current clinical trials conducted in the us to treat hair loss using stem cells. ...Read more

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Living with Hearing Loss (Checklist)

See an ENT doctor
Yearly
Get an audiogram
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Is there any OTC medicines to treat hair loss?

Minoxidil: Rogaine (minoxidil) = Minoxidil has been approved for over the counter sale. However, you should first see your primary doctor to rule out any diseases that can cause hair loss such has hyperthyroidism. ...Read more

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Does the hair tonic "mylea" that treats the hair loss have any consequences in the future?

Does the hair tonic "mylea" that treats the hair loss have any consequences in the future?

Unknown: Mylea hair products are not fda approved medications, so it is unlikely that there are good research studies on what their long term effects are. ...Read more

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Which are the best option for treating hair loss homeopath, Ayurveda or english medicines?

Which are the best option for treating hair loss homeopath, Ayurveda or english medicines?

It depends: Treatment depends what's causing the hair loss. If genetic male pattern hair loss, results may be poor although some benefit from minoxidil, etc ; hair transplants. If from hypothyroidism, hair growth may recover gradually as thyroid balance recovers. Homeopathy is not intended as a direct treatment for hair loss, but does strengthen a person's natural vitality -- and can help alopecia areata. ...Read more

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Living with Memory Loss (Checklist)

Get a Durable Power of Attorney for your health and finances
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Write down important phone numbers and post them in more than one place
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Give your Durable Power of Attorney a list of your medications and doctors' names
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Is there a treatment for hair loss?

Is there a treatment for hair loss?

Depends: It depends on the type of hair loss. If this is a genetic pattern of loss then there isn't much that will really keep you from losing more. Other types may have an underlying problem that, if treated, will allow your hair to come back. I would suggest seeing a dermatologist to help you sort it all out. ...Read more

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What are the treatments for hair loss from alopecia?

What are the treatments for hair loss from alopecia?

Variable: The treatment of alopecia is determined by the type of alopecia. And treatment can range from doing nothing to injected steroids or systemic medications. Hair loss is probably best evaluated by a dermatologist. I would suggest you have one examine you to help come up with and answer and possible treatment. ...Read more

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Coping with Pregnancy Loss (Checklist)

Find and attend a support group
Weekly
Consider meeting with a therapist with your spouse
Monthly
Talk with family and friends about how you are feeling
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Could it be okay to take arganlife supplements to help cure hair loss?

Could it be okay to take arganlife supplements to help cure hair loss?

I doubt it: Slick advertising, a lot of testimonials, and I was unable to find the actual ingredients other than it is "herbal". I wouldn't throw my money into this. ...Read more

Dr. Emily Altman
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Baldness (Definition)

Baldness is a lack of hair on the scalp (it could ...Read more


Dr. Alan Bauman
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