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Does smoking have anything to do with female balding?

Does smoking have anything to do with female balding?

Smoking and hair : Most people think of smoking as something that only affects the lungs but smoke can affect many parts of the body, including the hair. Cigarette smoke contains up to 4, 000 lethal chemicals. A habitual smoker is constantly surrounded by smoke, and these chemicals can damage the hair follicles that cause the hair to grow. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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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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Is female pattern balding and male pattern balding the same thing? Are the causes the same?

Is female pattern balding and male pattern balding the same thing? Are the causes the same?

Similar: Androgenetic hair loss related to hormones and genetics are quite different for men and for women. Also each individual will have their own variation. With men it begins as a teen and progresses for 20 years or more. Women begin later. Pregnancy, birth control, and menopause are factors. Women thin out on top but do not become completely bald. ...Read more

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I have female pattern balding, is there any supplements or vitamins i could take to help?

I have female pattern balding, is there any supplements or vitamins i could take to help?

None will help: Female pattern hair loss is not responsive to vitamins. In general, only Minoxidil is of any benefit, and how much hair grows is variable. Read the package carefully and make sure you can use it, or see a dermatologist. And be patient...You need to give it at least 6 months before you give up. ...Read more

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What is a common cause for a 20 yr female to get a smooth bald spot?

What is a common cause for a 20 yr female to get a smooth bald spot?

Alopecia areata: Most likely you have a common condition called alopecia areata. It has no known cause, but can be related to stress. It is not contagious, & can be treated by topical creams , or injections in the affected area. ...Read more

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I was 15 when I had a bald smooth spot ehich now all grown back. Now thinning all over my head. I'm 25 female and its been thinning for years.

I was 15 when  I had a bald smooth spot ehich now all grown back. Now thinning all over my head. I'm 25 female and its been thinning for years.

Sounds like u had AA: Alopecia Areata can spontaneously regrow hair but if you are now noticing thinning all over I would go in to see a derm . We always worry about thyroid and iron deficiency, but AA can also be more extensive. Find a dermatologist and get some answers, they will likely order blood work and may consider a biopsy ...Read more

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I am female I have and have always had a bald patch in my hair do you know what could have caused this and how to treat it?

I am female I have and have always had a bald patch in my hair do you know what could have caused this and how to treat it?

Alopecia: There is a condition called alopecia which causes the hair to fall out. This is different from male pattern baldness which is genetic and not a disorder. A dermatologist can tell you if you have alopecia (an autoimmune disorder) and treat it w/medication. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Is being bald or losing hair hereditary in males? Females?

Is being bald or losing hair hereditary in males? Females?

Yes: Both graying and baldness are mostly genetic- ask your older relatives when they lost their hair or started graying. Sometimes, medical illness or certain stressors or medical treatments(like chemo) are the cause. Male pattern baldness is carried by the females- so it is possible to have a bald father and sons with full heads of hair. Women can also have male pattern baldness. ...Read more

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I've noticed bald spot, I am a female, am I lacking a vitamin or mineral? What can I do?

I've noticed bald spot, I am a female, am I lacking a vitamin or mineral? What can I do?

Alopecia: There are many, many causes of alopecia, some of which can be scarring if not diagnosed early. Please seek the proper diagnosis from your dermatologist. ...Read more

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Can having extremely negative thoughts for a prolonged period of time lead to balding of the hair on top of the head in females?

Female Hair Loss: Baldness occurs when hair falls out and normal new hair does not grow in its place. The reason for female pattern baldness is not well understood, but it may be related to: aging, changes in the levels of androgens (male hormones). Family history of female pattern hair loss. Auto immune diseases, to little iron or b vitamins, medications, temporary shedding. ...Read more

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Bald spot in the back of my head I am a 50 year old female with a bald spot the size of a softball in the back of my head that I have had for at least 6 months or more

Bald spot in the back of my head I am a 50 year old female with a bald spot the size of a softball in the back of my head that I have had for at least 6 months or more

I : I agree. It certainly could be alopecia areata. This is a fairly common cause of bald patches in the scalp. A picture of this condition and information on treatment options is on the link below. I hope that helps! ...Read more

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Im 17, Female n i have a really big patch of bald spot at my frontal. and its getting worse.what can i do? help meee!! does cutting my hair helps?

Get seen: This may be anything from telogen effluvium to alopecia areata to a local fungus infection to any of a variety of others. Don't self-diagnose or self-treat. This warrants specialist referral. ...Read more

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Female pattern baldness is genetics? if so, how is it genetic exactly? from my mothers side? can you please clarify because my moms side are not bald

Female pattern baldness is genetics? if so, how is it genetic exactly? from my mothers side? can you please clarify because my moms side are not bald

BOTH SIDES: Definitely baldness is usually transmitted genetically. Both parents, unles or aunts or siblings also having it. Well documented and applies also in male hormone disturbances in women of family. ...Read more

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I’m a 57 yr. old female - my legs are going totally bald of all hair on them; I don’t have to hassle shaving them anymore - just curious as to the r ?

I’m a 57 yr. old female -  my legs are
going totally bald of all hair on them;
I don’t have to hassle shaving them
anymore - just curious as to the r
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Leg hair: Many people lose leg hair as they grow older and it's most likely genetically determined. Some people lose lower leg hair from poor arterial circulation in their legs. If other areas of your body, especially scalp, also lose hair abnormally, thyroid disorder or nutritional deficiencies may be a cause. ...Read more

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24 year old female who is getting bald. Should i take specific vitamins/medication/oils? I tried minoxidil it didn't work.

Workup: There are a number of potential reasons for hair loss. Recommend a dermatological assessment to see if cause can be determined. That would allow for a specific targeted treatment plan. Take care. ...Read more

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Hair is short & hav bald spot. I'm female. having trouble growing out hair. Diet is healthy. have stress & anxiety. tips on how to help hair grow?

Hair is short & hav bald spot. I'm female. having trouble growing out hair. Diet is healthy. have stress & anxiety. tips on how to help hair grow?

Diagnosis of cause: of Alopecia guides treatment. See your primary care provider for evaluation. He or she will either provide treatment or refer you to appropriate specialists in dermatology, allergy/immunology or other. Also discuss referrals for diagnosis & management of Anxiety Disorder(s). Possible causes of Alopecia are found on www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/hair-loss/basics/causes/con-20027666. ...Read more

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Hi, I am a female (22) with thin hair and a Y-shaped bald pattern on the crown. The hair just splits at the crown, what to do? dry,little itchy scalp

Hi, I am a female (22) with thin hair and a Y-shaped bald pattern on the crown. The hair just splits at the crown, what to do? dry,little itchy scalp

ManyCausesSee Doctor: Hair loss in women can be genetic.If you have others in the family like your mother,sisters&aunts with same condition Can also be due to certain systemic diseases like Thyroid disorders.pregnancy,Anemia ,Auto immune diseases&polycystic ovarian syndrome. Skin conditions-Psoriasis&Seborrhic Dermatitis And due to certain meds,chemotherapy and radiation Consult your doctor or preferably Dermatologist ...Read more

Female Circumcision (Definition)

Female genital mutilation effects 140 million females across the world. Done w or w/out anesthesia it may involve removal of clitoral hood, clitoris, inner labia & / or out labia with objects such as a razor, scissors, broken glass or knives. It can lead to severe chronic pain, problems with childbirth, hemorrhage, infections & death. Infibulation is when the female's ...Read more


Dr. Susan Feingold
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Female Sexual Dysfunction (Definition)

Female sexual dysfunction can result from a variety of medical and psychological issues, including menopause, which may cause vaginal atrophy from a lack of estrogen and other medical conditions. Psychologically there may also be a variety of causes from childhood trauma to prior experience with lack of trust or even feeling unattractive. You may want to ask ...Read more