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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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Hair thinning constantly, and more hair falling out! Also seeing more scalp... Help!!!! ?

Hair thinning constantly, and more hair falling out! Also seeing more scalp... Help!!!! ?

Dermatologist: Thinning hair at your age should be evaluated by a dermatologist and by your primary care to look for underlying systemic causes. Thanks for trusting HealthTap! ...Read more

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Hair thinning/falling out all over at age 26 since june. No thyroid issue per md, was from stress. How to make hair get thicker again? Taking vitamins

Hair thinning/falling out all over at age 26 since june. No thyroid issue per md, was from stress. How to make hair get thicker again? Taking vitamins

Hair Shedding: Telogen effluvium is a form of nonscarring alopecia characterized by diffuse hair shedding, often with an acute onset. A chronic form with a more insidious onset and a longer duration also exists. Telogen effluvium is a reactive process caused by a metabolic or hormonal stress or by medications. Generally, recovery is spontaneous and occurs within 6 months.
B12 shots every month helps. ...Read more

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I lost 65 lbs due to diet and exercise since march. Hair started thinning and falling out in june. All labs good. Thyroid good. Estrogen is low.?

I lost 65 lbs due to diet and exercise since march. Hair started thinning and falling out in june. All labs good. Thyroid good. Estrogen is low.?

Alopecia: May have numerous causes. Doubt related to estrogen levels. Genetics is often a good reason, but you should check this with your primary care doctor. Hope you are well. ...Read more

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My hair has been thinning and falling out since 16. Now it is extremely brittle and thin and I've noticed my eyelashes have been falling out as well?

See a dermatologist: Decrease stress. Eat a healthy balance diet which includes protein. Have thyroid levels and iron stores checked. See a dermatologist for evaluation and work-up. Topical Minoxidil twice a day is the only proven remedy to thicken hair. However, this treatment it is not appropriate for everyone (given the warnings, precautions, and contraindications). See and discuss options with a dermatologist. ...Read more

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How do I get my babies hair to stop thinning. And falling out?? Even though its normal what is a way I can make it not happen.!! Help

How do I get my babies hair to stop thinning. And falling out?? Even though its normal what is a way I can make it not happen.!! Help

Hair loss in infant: It is normal for babies to lose some or all of their hair, and this is not safely preventable unless another underlying cause (such as severe seborrhea capitus or fungal infections) is present and not addressed. Hair growth returns in a few weeks to months, not to worry. ...Read more

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I brought my weight 110to 70kg, recently I noticed my skin becoming thin, severe hair thinning/falling, weight loss, am I suffering from a thyroid problem?

I brought my weight 110to 70kg, recently I noticed my skin becoming thin, severe hair thinning/falling, weight loss, am I suffering from a thyroid problem?

Weight Loss: It is either that, a thyroid problem, or a severe lack of proper nutrition. Not knowing how you lost this much weight I would also be worried about proteins and the necessary items in a balanced diet. ...Read more

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Hair thinning for many years. New hairs coming in but falling off easily around 2 inches/eye lash length. Scalp shows but I can see new short hairs?

Hair thinning for many years. New hairs coming in but falling off easily around 2 inches/eye lash length. Scalp shows but I can see new short hairs?

If hairs are: Coming back in it is a good thing. It shows health. Be sure you do not have a brush that pulls hairs out as it sounds like that may be the cause of the problem, hairs breaking off at the root or being pulled out. Brush gently with a gentle brush!! ...Read more

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Why is my hair thinning?

Why is my hair thinning?

Thinning hair: This is very uncommon at your age and you must see your Gynecologist as soon as you can.
Hope all goes well. ...Read more

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As a female, why is my hair thinning at 22?

As a female, why is my hair thinning at 22?

Hair thinning: It is normal to have cyclical hair thinning that could last up to 6 months and will get resolved after that. Just to be on the safe side ask your doctor to check your thyroid. A simple treatment is Minoxidil 2% topical solution which is available over the counter. ...Read more

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What to do about hair thinning and loss in 20s?

See dermatologist: There are many possible causes for hair loss. The dermatologist can work you up to determine cause. That way, treatment can be targeted to correct the problem. ...Read more

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Can I take any medicine for lady hair thinning?

Can I take any medicine for lady hair thinning?

Depends: Often female hair thinning or loss is due to hormone decreases primarily estrogen and thyroid so be sure to check those. If not then there are other methods to treat like Minoxidil and some cortisones if condition is autoimmune like alopecia arreata. ...Read more

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What kind of diet can cause hair thinning or loss?

What kind of diet can cause hair thinning or loss?

Biotin?: Some might say a diet rich in biotin can help hair growth but no real diet issues are associated with hair loss. ...Read more

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How to stop hair thinning? Is using phyto effective?

How to stop hair thinning? Is using phyto effective?

What kind of phyto?: One's primary care doctor can check for medical causes. If none are found, then one can see a dermatologist, especially one specializing in hair restoration (some treatments: minoxidil, etc, . ..). Medical causes may include: hormonal problems (low thyroid), seborrhea, alopecia areata, stressful illness. Other causes: genetic male/female pattern baldness, telogen effluvium. ...Read more

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Can hair thinning at the age of 17 in females be treated?

Have this evaluated: See a doctor/dermatologist about this as this type of hair loss needs to be checked out early to find the cause and get treatment and avoid progressive thinning that can be difficult to recover. Hormonal issue are usually the cause, but other types of hair loss do occur in this age and this needs to be evaluated. ...Read more

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What can cause female hair thinning at top front like males?

What can cause female hair thinning at top front like males?

Seversal things: This is a problem that necessitates a face-to-face meeting with your doctor. This will allow him/her to examine you, ask specific questions. And possibly order tests to find out what's wrong and what to do to help you. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how I could stop my hair thinning permanently?

Can you tell me how I could stop my hair thinning permanently?

May Be: You should make sure that you are "not anemic". Then you should see a Dermatologist > to make sure you do not have any scalp problems. Also, follow the advises of the Dermatologist. Causes of hair loss in women include > 1. Anemia 2. Pregnancy 3. Stress 4. Hypothyroidism 5. Lupus 6. Scalp infections ...Read more

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What to do if I am a 24 y/o healthy female who has began to experience hair thinning lately?

What to do if I am a 24 y/o healthy female who has began to experience hair thinning lately?

Hair thinning: If you see a hair stylist ask her what she would recommend. If you not see a hair stylist, or are not satisifed with her suggestion, see a dermatologist ...Read more

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What to do if I'm a 24 y/o healthy female who has began to experience hair thinning lately.?

What to do if I'm a 24 y/o healthy female who has began to experience hair thinning lately.?

Hair thinning: My apologies if I have answered this before.

I would first recommend you discuss this with your hairstylist. If you don't have one you see regularly see someone else.

If that does not really help you the next step would be to see a Dermatologist.

Improvement can happen! ...Read more

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I'm 26, hair thinning. I want to at least keep the hair I have, anything they can recommend?

I'm 26, hair thinning. I want to at least keep the hair I have, anything they can recommend?

HairGrowth/HairLoss: Hair loss prevention is possible w/ today's effective medical treatments ; procedures. Find an abhrs board-certified hair restoration physician ; get a long-distance consult if you are not local to the clinic. A detailed medical eval will reveal risk factors, triggers ; areas that are likely to respond to hair loss treatments. New topicals, orals, lasers, prp/stemcell ; transplants are available! ...Read more

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What are the possible causes of hair thinning and loss all over the body. How am having these problems?

What are the possible causes of hair thinning and loss all over the body. How am having these problems?

Details matter: Change in eyelashes? Nails? Other symptoms? Meds or herbs? Radiation? There are various causes to be defined by a detailed history, exam, and possibly lab tests. Treatment, if any, determined by diagnosis. ...Read more

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Hi! I am 23 years old and I am facing hair thinning problem on top of my head. It started 2 years back. What can I do to stop it and regrow my hair?

Hi! I am 23 years old and I am facing hair thinning problem on top of my head. It started 2 years back. What can I do to stop it and regrow my hair?

See a dermatologist: Decrease stress. Eat a healthy balance diet which includes protein. Have thyroid levels and iron stores checked. See a dermatologist for evaluation and work-up. Topical Minoxidil twice a day is the only proven remedy to thicken hair. However, this treatment it is not appropriate for everyone (given the warnings, precautions, and contraindications). See and discuss options with a dermatologist. ...Read more

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Are there natural products to use for hair thinning? Also, I believe my head is shrinking. 44 yr old female. I'm concerned...especially about my hair

Well I doubt your: Head is shrinking, but if you are losing hair, it may appear smaller because of less hair on your head. There are a lot of natural supplements out there. I have only done research on the Viviscal supplement with great results. Hope that helps. But I would certainly see dermatologist to make sure you are not losing your hair due to thyroid disease or iron deficiency ...Read more

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Phentermine causes hair thinning?

See below: Although you won't see hair loss (alopecia) as a listed side effect for most anorectic medications, it is a commonly reported event.
The hair loss usually starts around the third month, and can continue for as long as you are losing weight. Alopecia can be caused by the change and diet and hormonal levels that accompanies weight loss. Centrally acting obesity medications also have hormonal effect. ...Read more

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Can stress cause hair thinning?

Yes. Three ways: In alopecia areata, white blood cells attack hair follicles, stopping hair growth ; making hair fall out. Telogen effluvium is a condition, where stress pushes large numbers of growing hairs into a resting phase. Within a few months, the affected hairs may fall out. And trichotillomania where you pick at or pull out hairs. Often these are reversible when stress is lowered. Or, it could be medical. ...Read more

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Why does zinc cause hair thinning?

Zinc ; Hair Loss: Some scientific theories suggest that excessive levels of zinc in the body can have negative effects by boosting male hormone testosterone production. This will lead to increased Dht levels causing hair thinning and loss. ...Read more

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Thin Hair (Definition)

Hair are strands that grow from the epidermis and are composed of Keratin. Hair is thin when the ...Read more