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What is the cause for thining hair, skin peeling/ cracking with itchness at both lower leg and cold extremities (since child). Any solutions?

What is the cause for thining hair, skin peeling/ cracking with itchness at both lower leg and cold extremities (since child). Any solutions?

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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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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Which STD causes hair thining?

Which STD causes hair thining?

Syphilis, rarely: In its late stages, syphilis can cause "moth eaten alopecia", an irregular, patchy form of hair loss on the scalp. It is quite rare. If you are concerned and/or at risk, have a blood test for syphilis. But that's the only potential cause of STD-related hair loss. If it's a question of just general hair thinning, I'm confident it isn't due to any STD. ...Read more

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Why does hypothyroidism cause brittle or thin hair?

Why does hypothyroidism cause brittle or thin hair?

Yes: In general hypothyroidism associated with brittle and losing hair, and hyperthyroidism with premature greying of hair. Once the condition is treated and the thyroid functions are normalized brittleness and the loss of hair woudl go away. ...Read more

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What can I do for thining hair?

What can I do for thining hair?

Lots of things: I would suggest seeing you dr to discuss causes.Endocrine, psychologic, and physiologic things may be in play.Treatments include topical (apply to scalp) like rogaine, (minoxidil) oral meds like Propecia and ultimately hair transplants.All work to some degree. ...Read more

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What are some hair products for thin hair?

Products: Healthtap Doctors are asked not to endorse specific brands or product lines. ...Read more

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What to do if I have thin hair. how can I get it thick?

Might not be able to: There are a number of products that may help.For healthy hair growth: Get adequate sleep,avoid excess sugar & fat in diet, v carbonated beverages, eat enough protein, exercise regularly. Biotin helps (but don't over do it). Insure you have adequate Iron (think kale & other dark green leafies), Omega 3 fatty acids (think walnuts) and vitamin E (fruits & vegetables). ...Read more