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Hair Loss (Definition)

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 ...Read more


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Suddenly, my armpit hair and leg hair is growing in very patchy. Like, bald spots. But all of my thyroid bloodwork came back normal. Possible causes?

Suddenly, my armpit hair and leg hair is growing in very patchy. Like, bald spots. But all of my thyroid bloodwork came back normal. Possible causes?

It depends/ nonspec.: This seems like a nonspecific sign. It might depend on what products, if any, you might use to groom those areas. For example, if waxing or heat grooming instruments are used, the roots might be removed and the hair may take real long to or may never grow back. Stress might also be a reason, as might your gastroenteritis. If it gets worse, see your doctor. Good luck. ...Read more

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Thinning hair last several years all around, no bald spots plus no arm or leg hair. Hair loss does not run on either side. Anemia or mineral def?

Thinning hair last several years all around, no bald spots plus no arm or leg hair. Hair loss does not run on either side. Anemia or mineral def?

Possibilities....: Some common reasons for thinning hair in your age group include thyroid disease, especially hypothyroidism, as well as post menopausal. See your family doctor for evaluation. Blood tests can be done to assess your thyroid gland. ...Read more

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I am 39 years old. I have dark circles under my armpits, sometimes a little painful and itchy. Itchy and burning scalp on sides of head and hair loss?

Time to visit doc: You are describing symptoms consistent with many illnesses from diabetes, addisons disease, cushings syndrome, seborrhea, alopecia, etc. You are to young for any of your symptoms to be taken lightly and all are pointing to metabolic imbalance. You need to get a complete physical, appropriate labs, and your Doc will be able to begin to address your symptoms and treat you. ...Read more

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Hair loss and lump under arm. Is it be cancer?

Hair loss and lump under arm. Is it be cancer?

Can't tell.: Could be as simple as a blocked sweat gland but could potentially be a tumor so have it checked asap. ...Read more

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I have one sore on my arm don't know where it came from and won't go away I don't know what it is dry mouth thirsty a lot have diarea hair loss?

I have one sore on my arm don't know where it came from and won't go away I don't know what it is dry mouth thirsty a lot have diarea hair loss?

See your PCP: Your information shows some symptoms that could be signs of serious health problems and should be checked out. See your PCP for thorough examination, tests and treatment. ...Read more

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I had an implanon break in my arm a year ago since then, I've had hair loss, breast tenderness, severe acne and muscle aches is it from the implanon?

I had an implanon break in my arm a year ago since then, I've had hair loss, breast tenderness, severe acne and muscle aches is it from the implanon?

See a Doctor: Was the Implanon removed? If your implant was removed than your symptoms are not from Implanon. If your Implanon is still in place, please get it removed. Symptoms of acne may be related to Implanon. I have not heard of hair loss and muscle aches as a side effect of Implanon. So, please see a doctor. ...Read more

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Swollen breasts, severe night sweats (not hot flashes), fatigue, patchy hair loss under arm and pubic hair, strawberry tongue, swollen hands and fingers. Partial hysterectomy in 2012. I'm 39. Is this menopause?

Swollen breasts, severe night sweats (not hot flashes), fatigue, patchy hair loss under arm and pubic hair, strawberry tongue, swollen hands and fingers. Partial hysterectomy in 2012. I'm 39. Is this menopause?

Could be, but if-: -you still have your ovaries, it's a hard call. Also many of those symptoms are not menopausal. Best to see your GYN first & get referrals as needed. If you have an internist, that's also a good place to start. ...Read more

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How stop hair falling?

How stop hair falling?

Medical Reason?: The best answer would be to explore if there is a medical reason why this is happening to your (e.g. thyroid disorder). Talk to your regular doctor, if they cannot find an answer, then talking to a dermatologist is always appropriate as well. ...Read more

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Is hair falling normal?

Is hair falling normal?

Hair loss: hair loss is a complicated issue. If it's stress related look back six months to some event in your life which may have occurred. It can also be seasonal with the change of weather when it gets very hot or very cold you may notice more hair loss. It may also be hormonal. Testosterone converting to DHT which is toxic to hear follicles. ...Read more

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Why is my hair falling out?

Why is my hair falling out?

Many reasons.: Thryoid problems can cause hair loss. Nutritional deficiencies--biotin, magnesium, zinc- can also cause hair loss. Is it in one area or all over? If it is falling out in patches, you need to see a dermatologist. Finally stress--physiologic- such as an illness, surgery, pregancy, can cause hair loss about 6 months later. See your doctor. It can be a sign of another systemic illness. ...Read more

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Why is my hair falling out at 18?

Why is my hair falling out at 18?

Unusual!: You need a proper evaluation for hair loss- blood work, possibly a biopsy. Get to a dermatologist or start with your primary. Make sure that your liver, kidneys, and thyroid are ok- also make sure that you're not anemic! ...Read more

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Why is my hair falling out so much?

Why is my hair falling out so much?

Telogen Effluvium: Telogen effluvium is a form of nonscarring alopecia characterized by diffuse hair shedding, often with an acute onset. A chronic form with a more insidious onset and a longer duration also exists. Telogen effluvium is a reactive process caused by a metabolic or hormonal stress or by medications. Generally, recovery is spontaneous and occurs within 6 months. ...Read more

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Why is my hair falling out? I'm only 28.

Why is my hair falling out? I'm only 28.

Telogen Effluvium: Telogen effluvium is a form of nonscarring alopecia characterized by diffuse hair shedding, often with an acute onset. A chronic form with a more insidious onset and a longer duration also exists. Telogen effluvium is a reactive process caused by a metabolic or hormonal stress or by medications. Generally, recovery is spontaneous and occurs within 6 months. ...Read more

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Why is my nose hair falling out all of a sudden?

Possible infection: There may be an infection in the hair follicles so try Bacitracin antibiotic ointment twice daily for a week. ...Read more

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Why is my hair falling out every time I run my fingers through it?

Why is my hair falling out every time I run my fingers through it?

Depends: There could be a few reasons, some benign such as after the birth of a baby and others could be from a systemic problem such as thyroid disease. It is best to see your physician for an exam and possible bloodwork. ...Read more

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My hair is falling, is there any natural remedies to stop hair falling & regrow fallen hair?

My hair is falling, is there any natural remedies to stop hair falling & regrow fallen hair?

Falling hair: Yes there are natural remedies. It's likely a thyroid issue but not to worry. You can start supplementation of l-tyrosine, selenium and iodine. Orthomolecular products has a great supplement called thyrotain which has worked well with patients. U may have to buy it online or ask a trusted natural food store for a good thyroid supplement. U don't need thyroid hormone just supplements. ...Read more

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My husbands hair is falling out A LOT all of sudden. He's only 19. No bald patches but hair is thinning.

My husbands hair is falling out A LOT all of sudden. He's only 19. No bald patches but hair is thinning.

Thinning hair: Please ask him to see his physician for a history, physical and screening bloodwork. Some early male pattern balding is genetically early, but 19 is very young. ...Read more

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Which dr I should go when I have autoimmune disorder my hair falling alot I hv hypothyroid taking levo 25?

Endocrinologist: B"sd perhaps an endocrinologist, if you will excuse my bias. The nature and details of your thyroid dx and rx need to be reviewed. Hair loss is very common when there is a change in thyroid function either up or down.
Thankfully, the loss is a telagen effluvium, which is a reversible hair loss. Glad to offer endocrine expertise in more detail. ...Read more

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Why is my hair falling out? It has been coming out for 6 years tested for thyroid and that was not problem.

Why is my hair falling out? It has been coming out for 6 years tested for thyroid and that was not problem.

Allopecia: Scalp hair loss may be due to autoimmune disorder attacking hair follicles. Also could be secondary to high male-hormones. ...Read more

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My hair is dry and it has wet dandruffed. Continue hair falling give me suggestion to prevent hair falling.

My hair is dry and it has wet dandruffed. Continue hair falling give me suggestion to prevent hair falling.

Separate problems.: These are separate problems. You'll find many effective anti-dandruff shampoos in any drug store; if those don't work a dermatologist can prescribe a stronger prescription shampoo. As for hair shedding, you normally shed 60-100 hairs per day, all of which will grow back. If you're losing more than that, see a dermatologist to determine the cause. ...Read more

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25 year old female, 2 children, thyroid normal, no health issues, but lots and lots of hair falling out, any thoughts?

25 year old female, 2 children, thyroid normal, no health issues, but lots and lots of hair falling out, any thoughts?

Hair loss: You hair loss may be exacerbated because of mechanical means, like frequent permanents, dyeing of hair, curlers, tight hairdo's and alike ...Read more

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Due 2 thyroid prblms hair falling is very high? Wat should I do for the growth of new hair? I feard it vil effect my personality.

Due 2 thyroid prblms hair falling is very high? Wat should I do for the growth of new hair? I feard it vil effect my personality.

Thyroid: You need to treat your thyroid disorder first. Once this is under control your hair growth should normalize. Speak to your doctor. Take care! ...Read more

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My hair comes out in the shower and when I comb it. Falls out mostly on top. But also sides. My hair is coarse. Could I be going bald?

Hair falling out: Need more information such as is your father bald? If so when did it start with him. Make a family tree and see who got bald and at what age. Some men become bald very early and this runs in family. Assuming your father is not bald and none of his make relatives are bald u are prob OK. This assumes your father is you genetic father of course. If it does not run in your family then check with Dr. ...Read more

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I have been using minoxidil5%, finasteride, keraglo-ad, for the last 15 days, but all are not effective so far my hair falling, am so worried?

Too early to tell.: None of these is a magical cure. Minoxidil often causes hair loss before hair gain as the hair follicles respond to the drug. It may take several months to see the full effect of minoxidil. ...Read more

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My dad has full thick hair. I have full thick hair. All of a sudden my hair has been falling out. The top of my head mainly. Can I be going bald?

My dad has full thick hair. I have full thick hair. All of a sudden my hair has been falling out. The top of my head mainly. Can I be going bald?

You're kind of young: All normally masculinized men lose the hair on our temples at around age 20. Men who progress early to male pattern baldness are generally those blessed with a lot of chest hair -- look around you. It's unusual to have it start on the crown at you age, and you may have telogen effluvium or one of the other causes. Ask your physician. Good looks is about fitness much more than hair. ...Read more

Axilla (Definition)

Area of human body directly under the joint where the shoulder connects to the arm. It contains axillary vessels, brachial nerve plexus, lymph nodes & vessels, axillary ...Read more