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Dr. Foster Carr
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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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My hair is starting to fall out about 20 hairs at a time. I'm 33 yr old white male no history of baldness in family. What could be the cause?

My hair is starting to fall out about 20 hairs at a time. I'm 33 yr old white male no history of baldness in family. What could be the cause?

Hair loss: Hair loss may result from multiple factors such as genetics, nutrition, hormones, vitamin & mineral deficiecncy, autoimmune disorders, enviormental factors, hair breakage, Telogen Effluvium amongst others. You should visit a Dermatologist who specializes in hair loss for further evaluation. ...Read more

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Why am I losing my hair and going bald despite having no family history of baldness?

Why am I losing my hair and going bald despite having no family history of baldness?

Bald: If you are a man pl;ease accept the fact that you are going bald. That does not mean that you should not see a hair stylist and try and get some hair back. If you are a woman I would first see a gynecologist for advice and care. ...Read more

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20 yr old male. Doc prescribed 5% menoxidil. There is fam history of baldness. I want to know the risks, and are there other reasons for losing hair?

20 yr old male. Doc prescribed 5% menoxidil. There is fam history of baldness. I want to know the risks, and are there other reasons for losing hair?

Baldness: You have Male Pattern Hairloss due to genetic reasons. The risk is high, the reasons don't matter and in the absence of any other symptoms, doing endocrine testing is fruitless and frankly irresponsible and why the cost of medicine has sky rocketed in US. All defensive medicine, no common sense. You need to be on 5% minoxidil gel and Finasteride to slow down the loss. ...Read more

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My friend is facing rapid hair falling has dandruff also has baldness in family history, how to stop this problem, what to do what to avoid?

My friend is facing rapid hair falling has dandruff also has baldness in family history, how to stop this problem, what to do what to avoid?

Depends on cause...: 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, finasteride, hair transplants,...). 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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My family has no history of hairless or male pattern baldness how come I am losing my hair?

My family has no history of hairless or male pattern baldness how come I am losing my hair?

LOSING HAIR: No one knows why you are losing your hair. History of family baldness doesn't always pass on to future generations. It may occasionally skip generations. How about your grandparents and greatgrandparents? Any baldness way back in the family? How about aunts and uncles? In any case, stop worrying. There are a few medications that might resolve it. ...Read more

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Why is my baby bald?

Why is my baby bald?

"resting phase": For those who remember all the steps of mitosis from high school, they remember that after anaphase and telophase (the dna splits up to form two distinct nucleii), the cells rest. If there's a major shock to the system, the cells enter a second resting phase, then "die" while new cells pop up. Thus from birth, the hair cells enter resting phase, and hair falls out, to be replaced in a few months. ...Read more

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Why do people become bald?

Why do people become bald?

Many Possible Causes: People can develop baldness (alopecia) for many reasons, including breakage of hair from straighteners or dyes; certain skin diseases that cause destruction of the hair follicles, autoimmune disease, hormonal imbalance, iron deficiency, vitamin b deficiency, chemotherapy, shedding after illness, shedding after pregnancy, genetic factors, or alopecia areata. ...Read more

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How can I be bald forever?

How can I be bald forever?

Hmmmm: Male-pattern baldness is a genetic issue that can be treated but tends to last your entire lifetime. You can't change your genes! ...Read more

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What am i going bald at 27?

What am i going bald at 27?

Depends on cause...: 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. Medical causes may include: hormonal problems (low thyroid), seborrhea, alopecia areata, stressful illness. Other causes: genetic male-pattern baldness (common), telogen effluvium, etc... ...Read more

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Is baldness always hereditary?

Is baldness always hereditary?

Causes of "baldness": Alopecia is commonly known as hair loss, hair thinning, & balding. While genetic causes (like male pattern balding) are common, other causes exist: hormones, infections, autoimmune causes, metabolic (e.g. Chemotherapy), nutrition (e.g. Vitamin deficiencies), trauma (e.g. Tight braids), neoplastic (some cancers), etc. A dermatologist can help determine the cause & discuss treatment options. ...Read more

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Why hairy men tend to be bald?

Why hairy men tend to be bald?

Same genes: The more chest and back hair a man is naturally blessed with, the faster his hair regresses on his scalp. This is quite a close correlation. Some treatment options are available for loss of scalp hair, or the man can embrace his masculinity and heritage and remember that 95% of good looks is physical fitness. Photo guy isn't complaining. ...Read more

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Can Teenage baldness be cured?

Can Teenage baldness be cured?

Teenage baldness: Teenage baldness is not very common. If you are indeed losing hair at that early age I would recommend that you and your parents set up an appointment with a Dermatologist. You may need to go through your doctor to get that referral. ...Read more

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Do all men eventually go bald?

Do all men eventually go bald?

Bald men: Many do and many don't. At age 28 keep an eye on your hair and if you are losing hair please see a doctor. Most likely you won't experience hair loss for decades. ...Read more

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What can cause female baldness?

What can cause  female baldness?

Many Possible Causes: Women can develop baldness (alopecia) for many reasons, including breakage of hair from straighteners or dyes; certain skin diseases that cause destruction of the hair follicles, autoimmune disease, hormonal imbalance, iron deficiency, vitamin b deficiency, chemotherapy, shedding after illness, shedding after pregnancy, or alopecia areata. ...Read more

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Does garlic help cure baldness ?

Does garlic help cure baldness ?

No: The reason that so many silly claims are made for garlic is that it's absorbed through the skin and the smell appears on the breath. It does have some interesting pharmacologic effects, but "curing baldness" isn't one of them -- if there were any easy cure, mr. Gorbachev, who had at his command the world's best information-gathering system, would still have a full head of hair. ...Read more

Dr. Emily Altman
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Baldness (Definition)

Baldness is a lack of hair on the scalp (it could ...Read more


Dr. Alan Bauman
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