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Dr. Foster Carr
1,385 doctors shared insights

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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What can lead to hair loss in women?

What can lead to hair loss in women?

Low iron,thyroid: Many things can lead to hair loss including heredity, iron deficiency, an under active thyroid or hormone abnormalities associated with polycywtic ovaries. Temporary cause of hair loss include high fever, anesthesia, medications, rapid weight loss, and hair loss after delivering a baby. A proper diagnosis needs an exam and blood tests. ...Read more

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I was diagnose with alopecia areata. My dermatologist prescribed clobetasol.Is topical ic clobetasol .05 okay to treat hair loss in women?

I was diagnose with alopecia areata. My dermatologist prescribed clobetasol.Is topical ic clobetasol .05 okay to treat hair loss in women?

Any prescription....: ...Medicine should be used only by the person for whom it was prescribed, and for the purpose for which it was prescribed. Not for anything else, and not by anyone else. ...Read more

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Female 55 overweight asthmatic treated w/ seretides 50/250 mcg mild osteopnia extremely tired moody hair loss easily sick. Tests ok but cortisol-u free 24h, 233.6 nmol/24hr before seretide 90 nmol/24?

Female 55 overweight asthmatic treated w/ seretides 50/250 mcg mild osteopnia extremely tired moody hair loss easily sick. Tests ok but cortisol-u free 24h, 233.6 nmol/24hr before seretide 90  nmol/24?

The amount of blood: Steroid via inhaled steroid is low. If it were high cortisol would be suppressed in that your adrenal would be suppressed. Osteopenia not disease, it's a word, keep an eye on density, not from inhaled steroids. Cortisol is up, may need suppression test, ask doc. Sleeping at night? Can u nap if given opportunity? May have a comorbid mood/stress prob., if snoring consider apnea. Continue workup. ...Read more

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Are there any treatment for female hair loss, gradually my hair ve been thining [ falling out, as i c while cleaning floor], I am 38, is age a factor?

Multiple causes: There might me treatment depending on the cause of your hair loss. You should see a dermatologist to help determine they type of hair loss you have and what may be the cause. ...Read more

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Are there treatments for hair loss in women when it is not related to alopecia but just old age?

Dr. Alvin Lin Dr. Lin
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Are there treatments for hair loss in women when it is not related to alopecia but just old age?

37yo isn't "old age": Sorry but I have to chuckle to myself. 37yo is not "old age". Alopecia refers to hair loss but doesn't specify cause. Emotional and/or physical stress can cause temporary hair loss. So can heredity. Traction, too, from excessive pulling & tying off (it's a cultural thing). Ask your doc to review your medications. And your scalp looking for infection. Then draw blood for thyroid & dihydrotestostero. ...Read more

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How to get rid of excessive hair loss?

How to get rid of excessive hair loss?

Propecia (finasteride): Propecia (finasteride) is a medication you can take to prevent hair loss. You will need to visit your doctor as it is prescription only to see if it is right for you. ...Read more

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Is there risk to using finesteride for hair loss if my wife and I are planning on having children? I know women are not supposed to handle the drug.

Is there risk to using finesteride for hair loss if my wife and I are planning on having children? I know women are not supposed to handle the drug.

Finasteride: Finasteride is an anti-androgen, anti-testosterone medication. It can cause atrophy of the testicles and reduced testosterone, thus reduced sperm counts. It is not a good idea if you're trying to get pregnant. ...Read more

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How can you prevent hair loss in women?

How can you prevent hair loss in women?

Check thyroid: One cause of hair loss in women is hypothyroidism. If that is the problem, treatment with thyroid medication should correct the problem. ...Read more

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Dr. Alan Bauman
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Hair Loss, Female (Definition)

Hair loss in women is a medical finding that can reflect a large list of conditions. The most common cause is inherited hair loss (androgenetic alopecia) but it can also be a symptom of other conditions such as various hormone imbalances and inflammatory conditions. Occassionally, hair loss is the result of medications, some hair products, and excessive brushing or styling. ...Read more


Dr. Emily Altman
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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