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Dr. Foster Carr
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Hair Loss (Definition)

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.

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What could cause hair loss in a teenager?

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

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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Skin, hair and nails (Tip)

Skin, hair and nails

Baldness does not necessarily come from your mother's side of the family. ...See more

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Managing Hair Loss (Checklist)

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

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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Does the hair tonic "mylea" that treats the hair loss have any consequences in the future?

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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Hair Health (Tip)

Hair Health

Myth: wearing hats and helmets contributes to male-patterned baldness. ...See more

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Managing Hair Loss (Checklist)

Make sure to eat plenty of healthy veggies, fruits, and protein
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Avoid excessive use of chemicals and heat
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See doc to make sure no health issues are contributing to hair loss
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Which are the best option for treating hair loss homeopath, Ayurveda or english medicines?

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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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)

Baldness is a clinical finding where there are areas of scalp ...Read more

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