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Can blow-dryer's heat damage follicles or cause hair-loss? If not, why is it dangerous?

Can blow-dryer's heat damage follicles or cause hair-loss?
If not, why is it dangerous?

Hair dryer: 22 F Cairo asks: Can blow-dryer's heat damage follicles or cause hair-loss? If not, why is it dangerous? ANS: yes can fry them if too hot. But careful use not dangerous. And will cause hair loss but must be unusual. If u are concerned I recommend u 1st do a family tree 4 hair loss, age of onset etc in males & females. Pictures at various ages r good. Most likely runs in your family. ...Read more

Dr. Alan Bauman
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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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Hi I'm 17 years old and I'm a girl. I suffer from hair loss. I had big hair when I was 15 but used heat a lot then my hair starts falling.

Hi I'm 17 years old and I'm a girl. I suffer from hair loss. I had big hair when I was 15 but used heat a lot then my hair starts falling.

See your doctor: First you should see your doctor — he/she will examine you and may do blood tests to check for anemia and iron levels --- also, I would recommend you to see a dermatologist. ...Read more

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Please explain process of how some meds can cause hair loss? What exactly do the meds do to the body or hair follicles?

Please explain process of how some meds can cause hair loss? What exactly do the meds do to the body or hair follicles?

Quick dividing cells: Rapidly dividing cells are sometimes impacted with medications that tried to stop cells that are replicating inappropriately, such as medicines used to treat cancer. That's why cancer patients suffer with hair loss and also with problems with their gastrointestinal tract, because those organs are turning over rapidly and are impacted with chemotherapy. ...Read more

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Extreme hair loss at 11with large pimple that hurt around my body and my face. Some of these pimple leave marks without being touched.

Extreme hair loss at 11with large pimple that hurt around my body and my face. Some of these pimple leave marks without being touched.

See a dermatologist: Sounds like something serious. How long? "At 11"???? Have you had these sores for 6 years??? Clearly you need a DR., preferably a skin specialist. ...Read more

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Does hysterectamy cause hair loss and more body hair?

It can: A hysterectomy by itself involves removal of just the uterus and should not lead to these symptoms. However, if your hysterectomy also involved removal of your ovaries, you may have changes in body hair amount and pattern. ...Read more

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Hello doctors, we need help! Sister having hair loss and head and body aches?

Hello doctors, we need help! Sister having hair loss and head and body aches?

Depends on cause...: 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 restoration (some treatments: minoxidil, etc, ...). Medical causes may include: hormonal problems (low thyroid), seborrhea, alopecia areata, stressful illness. Other causes: genetic male/female pattern baldness, telogen effluvium. ...Read more

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Can stress & anxiety cause hair loss in areas all over your body? Some areas are small spots other areas are fairly large- does it also slow regrowth?

Can stress & anxiety cause hair loss in areas all over your body? Some areas are small spots other areas are fairly large- does it also slow regrowth?

Possibly: Alopecia areata or patchy hair loss has anxiety as one of the triggers. Definitely would consult a dermatologist and look at any other causes-- i.e. Hypothyroidism, other medications, other medical causes. ...Read more

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Do gym obtained steroids cause body hair loss?

Alopecia: If this is in reference to androgen steroids then the following is possible: excessive body hair growth in unwanted areas for women. Additionally, scalp hair loss (male pattern hair loss) may also occur. ...Read more

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I read Levaquin (levofloxacin) can deplete body of magnesium/iron and affect hair. Have hair loss 1 month after stopping it. Can this be connected?

I read Levaquin (levofloxacin) can deplete body of magnesium/iron and affect hair. Have hair loss 1 month after stopping it. Can this be connected?

Levaquin (levofloxacin) +: Hair loss at your age requires careful concern and your Gynecologist should help you with this.
If you are not satisfied please ask a friend/family/neighbor to recommend a doctor that might make you more comfortable.

Please keep me informed. ...Read more

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Does masturbation be cause of hair loss or skinny body or acne?

Does masturbation be cause of hair loss or skinny body or acne?

Nope: In short, no to all the above. Sadly, in some cultures these scare tactics commonly are used to discourage this completely normal human act. ...Read more

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Do men who experience male pattern baldness also have body hair loss?

Do men who experience male pattern baldness also have body hair loss?

Usually not: The form of testosterone, known as dihydrotestosterone, that causes male pattern baldness is also reponsible for causing hair growth in other areas, like the beard area. Sounds like a paradox. ...Read more

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Is it true that anorexia nervosa can lead to fine hair loss all over your body?

Is it true that anorexia nervosa can lead to fine hair loss all over your body?

No -- the opposite: In some people with anorexia nervosa, soft, fine hair called lanugo grows on the face and body. It could be related to thyroid dysfunction. ...Read more

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Will chemo cause hair loss on scalp only. Will I lose body hair all over? Just wondering how much hair I may lose on body

Will chemo cause hair loss on scalp only. Will I lose body hair all over? Just wondering how much hair I may lose on body

Varies: Depends upon the type of chemo and your body's resistance. Hair on the head is usually first to go, and later hair around the genitals, eyebrows and lashes. There is a great unpredictability to this so discuss with your oncologist to get a better picture. Mostly, after chemo, it will grow back. ...Read more

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Took cytomel 5 weeks don't have thyroid problem noticed hair loss so I stopped how long will it take for my body to go back to normal?

Took cytomel 5 weeks don't have thyroid problem noticed hair loss so I stopped how long will it take for my body to go back to normal?

CYTOMEL: (fortunately) is fast acting and quickly eliminated (a lot sooner than other forms of thyroid hormone. Your perscribing Health Professional can "measure" your return to normal function by following your TSH levels.
I would allow at least 4 weeks for the effects of Cytomel to be negligible.
Hope this is helpful
Dr Z ...Read more

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Chronic all-body inflammation, 11.5. The Highest scale on the test, 4.9. Can't take nsaids, steroids cause hair loss. What other med is there for this?

Chronic all-body inflammation, 11.5.  The Highest scale on the test, 4.9. Can't take nsaids, steroids cause hair loss. What other med is there for this?

Hard to help: I assume that the test you are referring to is the HS-CRP. While that does mark inflammation it's quite nonspecific. It can be elevated from chronic diseases(like vascular or obesity) or from autoimmune processes or from infections to name a few. But before you contemplate steroids, you want to have an idea of what is actually being treated. More info is necessary to better guide you. ...Read more

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Can certain medications deplete the body of important nutrients (such as iron, magnesium, zinc) and then induce hair loss because of that depletion?

Can certain medications deplete the body of important nutrients (such as iron, magnesium, zinc) and then induce hair loss because of that depletion?

Hair loss Mg, Fe,Zn: 43 F from NY asks:Can certain medications deplete the body of important nutrients (such as iron, magnesium, zinc) and then induce hair loss because of that depletion? ANS: not very likely. Your own Dr can best answer this complex question (cause of hair loss). ...Read more

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Never take meds unless necessary, but doc suggested vit. D and biotin forte (hair loss due to recent illness, but recovered) can these 2 help my body?

Never take meds unless necessary, but doc suggested vit. D and biotin forte (hair loss due to recent illness, but recovered) can these 2 help my body?

Yes and No: Taking vitamin D supplements is helpful to most people, because most people do not get enough vitamin D (either from their food and drink, or from sunlight). Taking biotin doesn't help a normal person who already has eats a balanced diet. There is enough biotin for essentially everyone who eats a healthy diet. Very rarely is anyone deficient in biotin. ...Read more

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I'm a 26-year-old female and within the last month I've been having unusual amounts of hair loss, body acne and just in the last week, body sweats....?

I'm a 26-year-old female and within the last month I've been having unusual amounts of hair loss, body acne and just in the last week, body sweats....?

Check in with yourMD: Y our symptoms can be from many conditions. You need a detailed history. Physical examination, and blood test to rule out underlying thyroid and other problems
so make an aoppointment to see your doctor. ...Read more

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Why does telogen effluvium occur after getting over crash diets. Shouldn't the body make hairthicker instead of hair loss when we start eating healthy?

Very common: Any shock to the body (such as a crash diet) can trigger a telogen effluvium by interrupting the body's normal hair growth cycle. As your hair cycle returns to normal, and as you eat healthier, your hair will grow back. ...Read more

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I am 16. How can I completely remove DHT from my body not using minoxidil to prevent hair loss?

WHY?: Do you mean dihydrotestosterone? There is prescription med to reduce it. Do you have a problem? I suspect you are asking the wrong question. ...Read more

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Increasing body hair and heavy head hair loss along with dandruff and itchy and stinky scalp. What steps should I take ro stop it all?

Increasing body hair and heavy head hair loss along with dandruff and itchy and stinky scalp.  What steps should I take ro stop it all?

Hormone...: Your gene and hormones are playing the hand. Diet, exercise, hyzeine, scalp care- will help. Try Yoga, non stimulant vegetarian diet, Sikakai soap twice a week to scalp, reduce stress. ...Read more

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I have whole body allergy from years and i self medicate with antihistamine. I have disturb sleep and severe pruritic at night. I develop hair loss.

I have whole body allergy from years and i self medicate with antihistamine. I have disturb sleep and severe pruritic at night. I develop hair loss.

See specialist: An allergist is uniquely qualified and specifically trained to diagnose and treat individuals with severe allergies. While self medication may help, a person may be able to find significant more relief with the guidance of a specialist. ...Read more

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Hair loss started 1 month after taking strong antibiotics, meds now done. Can meds induce hair loss by affecting how my body absorbs foods/vitamins?

Hair loss started 1 month after taking strong antibiotics, meds now done. Can meds induce hair loss by affecting how my body absorbs foods/vitamins?

Telegen effluvium : This is the most likely explanation and probably relates to your illness or possibly Rx. Almost everything you read about food / vitamins and healthy hair online is made up silly stuff. It might be worth checking your thyroid hormone levels. Telegenic effluvium self-cures; a few uncommon forms of hair loss are more lasting. ...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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