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Dr. Foster Carr
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Hair Loss (Overview)

Alopecia is the loss of hair. Hair loss can be caused by different reasons, including damage to the hair shaft or follicles. Fungal infections can also cause hair loss. 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 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 thins and falls out. In men, this is called male pattern hair loss; in women, it is called female diffuse hair loss. About 60% of people with androgenetic alopecia are men. Hair loss caused by androgenetic alopecia is permanent.


Dr. M. Christine Lee
Board Certified, Dermatology
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What could cause hair loss in a teenager?

Dr. M. Christine Lee
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What could cause hair loss in a teenager?

Many possibilities: Many possible causes of hair loss including genetic inheritance, underlying medical disorder such as hypothyroid, anemia, hormonal imbalance, nutritional deficiencies, reaction to meds, stress or trauma, over-processing or treatment with chemicals (ie: straighteners, dyes, perms), hair extensions or braids causing tension on roots or follicles, scalp conditions. ...Read more

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Dr. Foster Carr
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Hair Loss (Overview)

Alopecia is the loss of hair. Hair loss can be caused by different reasons, including damage to the hair shaft or follicles. Fungal infections can also cause hair loss. 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 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 thins and falls out. In men, this is called male pattern hair loss; in women, it is called female diffuse hair loss. About 60% of people with androgenetic alopecia are men. Hair loss caused by androgenetic alopecia is permanent.


Dr. Karen Han
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Several months ago eu approved acell regenerating therapy. Does it mean it is a proven and 100% successful procedure for hair loss?

Dr. Karen Han
Board Certified, Dermatology
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Several months ago eu approved acell regenerating therapy. Does it mean it is a proven and 100% successful procedure for hair loss?

Which product?: I would be interested to research this for you if you can be specific about which product that's been approved in the eu that has cell regeneration therapy for hair loss. Dr. Valerie horsley at yale is an expert using stem cell research to understand how to generate new hair follicles. I am not aware of any current clinical trials conducted in the us to treat hair loss using stem cells. ...Read more

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Managing Hair Loss (Tip)

Managing Hair Loss

Daily biotin prevents falling of hair and helps rejuvinate hair, giving them shine. ...See more

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Managing Hair Loss (Checklist)

Eat foods high in protein, low in sugars
Once
Don't tie your hair too tightly
Once
Use deep oil conditioning at least weekly
Weekly
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Dr. Foster Carr
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Is there any OTC medicines to treat hair loss?

Dr. Foster Carr
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Is there any OTC medicines to treat hair loss?

Minoxidil: Rogaine = Minoxidil has been approved for over the counter sale. However, you should first see your primary doctor to rule out any diseases that can cause hair loss such has hyperthyroidism. ...Read more

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Dr. Robert Kwok
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Does the hair tonic "mylea" that treats the hair loss have any consequences in the future?

Dr. Robert Kwok
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Does the hair tonic "mylea" that treats the hair loss have any consequences in the future?

Unknown: Mylea hair products are not fda approved medications, so it is unlikely that there are good research studies on what their long term effects are. ...Read more

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Dr. Pamela Svendsen
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Can an Achilles rupture cause hair loss if not treated?

Dr. Pamela Svendsen
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Can an Achilles rupture cause hair loss if not treated?

Please clarify: If you mean baldness of the head, no. ...Read more

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Dr. Pamela Pappas
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Which are the best option for treating hair loss homeopath, Ayurveda or english medicines?

Dr. Pamela Pappas
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Which are the best option for treating hair loss homeopath, Ayurveda or english medicines?

It depends: Treatment depends what's causing the hair loss. If genetic male pattern hair loss, results may be poor although some benefit from minoxidil, etc ; hair transplants. If from hypothyroidism, hair growth may recover gradually as thyroid balance recovers. Homeopathy is not intended as a direct treatment for hair loss, but does strengthen a person's natural vitality -- and can help alopecia areata. ...Read more

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Dr. Donald Shenenberger
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Is there a treatment for hair loss?

Dr. Donald Shenenberger
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Is there a treatment for hair loss?

Depends: It depends on the type of hair loss. If this is a genetic pattern of loss then there isn't much that will really keep you from losing more. Other types may have an underlying problem that, if treated, will allow your hair to come back. I would suggest seeing a dermatologist to help you sort it all out. ...Read more

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Dr. Donald Shenenberger
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What are the treatments for hair loss from alopecia?

Dr. Donald Shenenberger
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What are the treatments for hair loss from alopecia?

Variable: The treatment of alopecia is determined by the type of alopecia. And treatment can range from doing nothing to injected steroids or systemic medications. Hair loss is probably best evaluated by a dermatologist. I would suggest you have one examine you to help come up with and answer and possible treatment. ...Read more

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Alopecia (Definition)

Alopecia is a term describing the loss of hair from the head or body. There are many potential causes including hairstyling routines ...Read more


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Baldness (Definition)

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