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Does scratching an itch on your head cause permanent hair damage to the follicle there for causing permanent hair loss?

Does scratching an itch on your head cause permanent hair damage to the follicle there for causing permanent hair loss?

Everybody scratches: Long-term compulsive excoriation of an area of the scalp will cause permanent, scarring hair loss in that area. Ordinary scratching will not do this. ...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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Does scalp scratching cause hair loss or traction alopecia? And is it permanent loss?

Does scalp scratching cause hair loss or traction alopecia? And is it permanent loss?

Possibly: Please consult a board certified dermatologist to determine the cause of the irritation and for an examination of your hair follicles. ...Read more

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Could a hit on the head cause hair loss/damage, and if so, would it be one spot or spread around?

Could a hit on the head cause hair loss/damage, and if so, would it be one spot or spread around?

Hair loss: An injury to the head per se will not cause hair loss unless the hair follicles are damaged such as through a cut or a "rip" of the scalp. In those cases, it would be at the site of injury. If you have significant hair loss, I recommend seeing a dermatologist or rheumatologist. ...Read more

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Could a hit on the head cause hair loss/damage? And if it could cause hair loss, would it be a spot or marbling (spread out, like in a steak.)

Could a hit on the head cause hair loss/damage? And if it could cause hair loss, would it be a spot or marbling (spread out, like in a steak.)

Head bump hair loss: F from US asks if a hit on head can cause hair loss/damage? And if it so, would it be a spot or marbling (spread out like a streak). ANS: if you bled and have scar answer is yes. Otherwise show t your health care team and ask them. ...Read more

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Will the ointment cause hair loss if used on the head.?

Will the ointment cause hair loss if used on the head.?

Maybe: There are many ointments. I don't know which ointment you're referring to. So I can't answer your question without additional information. ...Read more

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There is an empty circle area on the back of my head, its hair loss. What can cause this?

There is an empty circle area on the back of my head, its hair loss. What can cause this?

Empty circle: Quite uncommon at your age unless it is common in your family.

I would have you see your doctor for starters and, depending what is found out, you are likely to be referred to a dermatologist. ...Read more

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What is the main cause of dandruff? I barely had any, but now the number of dandruff in my head is intolerable. I'm also suffering so much hair loss.

What is the main cause of dandruff? I barely had any, but now the number of dandruff in my head is intolerable. I'm also suffering so much hair loss.

Dry skin: Dandruff is flakes of skin, so dry skin on the scalp causes dandruff. Measures to keep your skin in good health, and conditioner on your hair can help. See a dermatologist for specific advice. ...Read more

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Can head lice cause hair loss?

Can head lice cause hair loss?

Typically not: But in an attempt to get rid of the lice, you can pull a lot of hair out by accident. I like using companies like hair fairies to help get rid of lice quicker ...Read more

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Does masturbation cause permananet hair loss on the head? If so or if not what is the reason it does or does not?

Does masturbation cause permananet hair loss on the head? If so or if not what is the reason it does or does not?

No, . ..: Masturbation will not lead to baldness, which is more known to be related with genetic factors and testosterone "imbalance" of still unclear fashion. So, you don't have to worry about the connection of both. But, still remember that overindulgence & obsession in any aspect of life will inflict significant negative impact onto our life. More? To http://www. Energy-ability. Blogspot. Com/. ...Read more

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Hereditary hair loss, if DHT is produced in all men even in men with a full head of hair, then how is it genetic and the main cause of baldness?

Hereditary hair loss, if DHT is produced in all men even in men with a full head of hair, then how is it genetic and the main cause of baldness?

Good question: A good, but tough question. If you are genetically predisposed to the early loss of hair then your hair follicles may not be responding to the Dht that is present. Without seeing you it is always possible that your pattern of hair loss is not genetic. Seeing a dermatologist would be your best option to clarify this and if there would be any treatment necessary. ...Read more

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What could cause sore spots on head and hair loss? I'm losing hair in large amounts and I wake up with tender spots on my head, very sore to the touch.

What could cause sore spots on head and hair loss? I'm losing hair in large amounts and I wake up with tender spots on my head, very sore to the touch.

Fungal infection: It sounds like you may have a fungal infection of the scalp called tinea capitis. This requires an exam and evaluation by a doctor to make this diagnosis and to recommend treatment. ...Read more

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What types of injections help with nerve pain and do they cause hair loss? Nerve pain in head and back of neck.

What types of injections help with nerve pain and do they cause hair loss? Nerve pain in head and back of neck.

Steroids can do that: You need to discuss this possibility w/ the doctor who'd do the procedures. Sometimes you need to make difficult choices and weighing the pros and cons of treatments is one. If the pain can be managed in other ways - hypnosis, meditation, acupuncture, etc. Or just tolerated is up to you. Not everyone has hair loss and it's not always permanent. ...Read more

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I've got hair loss from my head, legs, underarms & all over my body. I'm not anemic, my THS is normal, & I'm not stressed. What is the likely cause?

I've got hair loss from my head, legs, underarms & all over my body. I'm not anemic, my THS is normal, & I'm not stressed. What is the likely cause?

Think about biopsy: You may have alopecia areata. Especially nowadays, when many male fitness exemplars shave their entire bodies and many women profess to dislike men's body hair, this can be a HUGE plus. Stay super-fit and you'll look and feel better than 95% of other guys, regardless of where you do or don't have hair. ...Read more

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Does masturbating once a day cause hair loss? I have a full head of hair but I hear it raises DHT and testosterone which cause hair loss. Please help

Does masturbating once a day cause hair loss? I have a full head of hair but I hear it raises DHT and testosterone which cause hair loss. Please help

It's safe: That particular story was made up to frighten young men who belong to a particular cult. It looks authentic but is totally fabricated. Enjoy yourself, and maybe think about something nice -- even that one special person in your future -- rather than internet trash. ...Read more

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I have a full head of hair but was wondering if having sex 2-3 times a day will cause permanent hair loss due to an increase of testosterone and dht?

I have a full head of hair but was wondering if having sex 2-3 times a day will cause permanent hair loss due to an increase of testosterone and dht?

No: The stuff on the internet about sex (by yourself or with a partner) making men bald is all fake, especially the talk about "testosterone and DHT". It's mostly the product of one of the cults, intended to frighten teenaged males. Ignore it, and be angry that you've been lied to by people who want to manipulate you. And 2-3x/day? Good for you. Enjoy being young. ...Read more

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While stress/thyroid/vitamin deficiency can cause hair loss, is hair loss around the crown of the head normal?

While stress/thyroid/vitamin deficiency can cause hair loss, is hair loss around the crown of the head normal?

Male pattern loss: Hair loss around the crown of the head in men, is usually part of male pattern hair loss -- and while upsetting to many men, is "normal." http://www. Webmd. Com/skin-problems-and-treatments/hair-loss/hair-loss-introduction-mens some research is now developing about vitamin d in this situation -- it's not ready for clinical application yet, as it's only gone as far as animal research. ...Read more

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I've a red spot on my forehead near hair (like cherry angioma), doesn't bleed, but sensitive. I did scratch. Tight ponytails = hair loss? Skin cancer?

I've a red spot on my forehead near hair (like cherry angioma), doesn't bleed, but sensitive. I did scratch. Tight ponytails = hair loss? Skin cancer?

RED SPOT ON FOREHEAD: DEAR DOROTHY5
I AM SORRY, BUT I CANNOT SEE THIS "RED SPOT".
SHOW IT TO YOUR REGULAR DOCTOR, OR BETTER YET, LET A DERMATOLOGIST CHECK IT OUT.
AND I DO NOT KNOW HOW LONG YOU HAVE HAD IT. ...Read more

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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

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What causes Hair loss?

What causes Hair loss?

Many Reasons: Number one reason in males is Heredity. There are other reasons like Anemia, Mental stress, Severe illnesses, Hormone problems etc ...Read more

Dr. Emily Altman
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Baldness (Definition)

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


Scratching (Definition)

Scratching = rubbing ...Read more