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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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Can you have permanent hair loss due to medication?

Can you have permanent hair loss due to medication?

Yes: Yes, there areany meds that can cause temporary or permanent hair loss. Also need to consider underlying medical conditions such as hypothyroid, anemia, nutritional deficiency, hormonal imbalance. ...Read more

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How to determine if I have permanent hair loss due to medication?

How to determine if I have permanent hair loss due to medication?

See below: Hair has a very high mitotic rate and responds to some medication by loss of hair however if you stop that medication the hair usually returns. ...Read more

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Can the hair loss due to trauma be cured?

Can the hair loss due to trauma be cured?

Yes: After a serious systemic injury or illness, hair may shed but it grows back in a few months. If there's a scalp injury other than a burn, the hair usually comes back nicely. You can wear a ball cap, or take pride in the signs of having survived a serious challenge and come out the winner. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how to help a friend deal with hair loss due to chemo?

Can you tell me how to help a friend deal with hair loss due to chemo?

Support groups: Hi. Your friend's oncologist can get him/her in touch with cancer support groups to deal with a wide range of issues. Some people use wigs, scarves, hats, etc. Healthy coping skills are very important going thru such a life-altering chain of events. Good luck to your friend; he/she is lucky to have friends like you! ...Read more

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How long does it take for the hair loss due to stress to appear after the stress had occured?

How long does it take for the hair loss due to stress to appear after the stress had occured?

It depends: On the type, severity, etc, but often weeks to months due to the way hair grows in cycles. Talk w/your doctor. ...Read more

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Will flucinonide. 05%soln help medium to severe dandruff problem? Does it help stop hair loss due to dandruff? How long does it take for it work?

Will flucinonide. 05%soln help medium to severe dandruff problem? Does it help stop hair loss due to dandruff? How long does it take for it work?

Steroid for dandruff: Dandruff is flaking scalp skin cells, and is caused by either seborrheic dermatitis or psoriasis. It is not dry scalp. Both conditions may occur on the face and elsewhere. If hairloss occurs it iis temporary., shampoos are often helpful, like those that contain coal tar, or antifungals, as are topical steroids, like Fluocinonide solution 0.05%, when used regularly. ...Read more

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Could puberty be a cause for hair loss due to the change in hormone levels?

Could puberty be a cause for hair loss due to the change in hormone levels?

Hair loss: Difficult to answer because you apparently have "hair loss due to change in hormone levels."
Puberty is usually complete by age 25 and change in hormone levels at age 25 is uncommon.
Please see your primary doctor about your hair loss.

I would appreciate it if you could let me know how things go. ...Read more

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Hair loss due to pcos and pregnancy, what to do?

Get help: Hair loss from pcos can be treated by medicines and if you see a reproductive endocrinologist, endocrinologist or gyn they may be able to help. Hair loss after you have a baby is normal and resolves itself. ...Read more

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When does grow back after hair loss due to scalp psoriasis?

When does grow back after hair loss due to scalp psoriasis?

Cycle length: Usual cycle length for individual hair follicles is published at around 1000-1200 days. But in a whole patch on your head each follicle is independent and so it goes... ...Read more

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Would rogaine (minoxidil) help to recover hair loss due to stress?

Would rogaine (minoxidil) help to recover hair loss due to stress?

Hair loss: Hair loss due to stress many times is not permanent and will grow back on its own. Rogaine (minoxidil) has only been shown to cause hair growth in androgen (testosterone) dependent hair loss. ...Read more

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What things can I do to keep my hair as healthy as possible if I'm experiencing hair loss due to menopause. Supplements and lifestyle changes?

BHRT estradiol: My professional advise is to seek out a doctor in your area that is well versed and knowledgeable about bio identical hormone replacement therapy. These products are available on prescription only, through compounding pharmacies. Estrogen affects skin and hair, testosterone fatigue and libido, and Progesterone is basically a "feel good" hormone which will help you to feel like yourself again. ...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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Is there a remedy for severe hair loss due to pcos in women? I am 25 years old and my hair is falling out almost in chunks on a daily basis.

Is there a remedy for severe hair loss due to pcos in women? I am 25 years old and my hair is falling out almost in chunks on a daily basis.

Reduce male hormones: Try reducing your male hormone levels. Oral contraceptive pills will help along with glucophage and a low glycemic index diet. Rogaine (minoxidil) temporarily will help regrow some of the hair. Spironolactone will help block the male hormone levels at the surface of the skin. ...Read more

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I have been taking Proscar (finasteride) 1mg for almost the last 8 years for hair loss. Due to the side effects will it be better to switch to Saw palmetto? Thanks

I have been taking Proscar (finasteride) 1mg for almost the last 8 years for hair loss. Due to the side effects will it be better to switch to Saw palmetto? Thanks

What side effect (s)?: Not certain which specific side effect (s) you're referring to. Also, finasteride is 1000 x's more potent than beta-sitosterol, which is 100-1000 x's more potent than saw palmetto: it is unlikely that switching will offer you any efficacy/benefit. ...Read more

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Is hair loss due to vitamin B12 deficiency is reversible???

In short - YES: Hair loss / thinning due to vitamin B12 deficiency can sometimes be treated by taking oral b-complex vitamins. However, there are instances where you may need injections of vitamin B12 (usually given monthly). It depends on the reason you have developed the vitamin deficiency. Is it because of a vegetarian diet? Or is it due to some intestinal malabsorption problem? Best to check with your doctor ...Read more

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I am 19yr 6ft 70kg vegetarian, lost 40kg in a year recently had hair loss due to dandruff, half of my hairs are thin/thick I am taking biotin, fish oil?

R/o thyroid problem: Recommend to get your thyroid checked. If you had 40 kg wt loss and skin and hair changes sounds highly suspicious for hyperthyroidism. Get checked out. Could be dangerous. ...Read more

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Please suggest me treatment for hair loss due to use of steroids. I also have hypothyroidism and undergone splenectomy..

Please suggest me treatment for hair loss due to use of steroids. I also have hypothyroidism and undergone splenectomy..

Hair loss: What sort of steroids did you use—anabolic or glucocorticoid? The former increase testosterone & may thus increase hair loss; the other type is used to treat hair loss. Hypothyroidism can be associated with hair loss as well. Stress of surgery might also explain hair loss. Suggest seeing an endocrinologist to check levels out & determine actual cause of hair loss & offer treatment options. ...Read more

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