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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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Does low thyroid cause hair loss in women?

Does low thyroid cause hair loss in women?

Yes: It can be one of the signs and symptoms of low thyriod. Visit your physician to discuss this issue so that this can be evaluated. ...Read more

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Does continuous use of spironolactone stop hair loss in post-menopausal women?

Does continuous use of spironolactone stop hair loss in post-menopausal women?

Maybe: Spironolactone blocks the was androgens (male type hormones) affect the hair follicle. Blocking these hormones can help stop "male" pattern hair loss in women. They have no affect for other causes of hair loss, such as from thyroid abnormalitis, etc. ...Read more

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Could males with hypogonadism/low testosterone lose their body and facial hair?

Could males with hypogonadism/low testosterone lose their body and facial hair?

Not usually : But low testosterone causes other problems. It makes men more prone to gynecomastia. Libido decreases, moods can become depressed, muscle tone decreases, bone mass decreases, etc. With appropriate treatment these problems can improve or be avoided. ...Read more

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What happens to hirsutism & scalp hair loss or thinning in a pcos woman during pregnancy and during breast feeding? will both symptoms diminish?

What happens to hirsutism & scalp hair loss or thinning in a pcos woman during pregnancy and during breast feeding? will both symptoms diminish?

Hair, pregnancy: Hirsutism does not change during pregnancy or breast feeding largely because hair that has already grown in will not go away unless shaved/ plucked/ etc. Hair thinning is not so much affected by PCOS to begin with, but women sometimes have temporary alterations in head hair, particularly after delivery. Check out telogen effluvium online. Good wishes. ...Read more

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Excess hair growth in women can be drug related? Facial hair for example?

Excess hair growth in women can be drug related? Facial hair for example?

Depends on the drug?: Hirsutism is a term used to describe increased hair growth in women where hair doesn't usually grow like the jaw/back/abdomen. This can be associated with drugs, most commonly drugs with androgen activity like steroids, danazol, progestens, methyldopa, etc. Can be a sign of an underlying hormone disorder associated with disease like obesity, diabetes, polycystic ovary, or a hormone releasing tumor. ...Read more

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What are some vitamins to take for healthy hair growth in women? Hair is very thin and signs of balding.

What are some vitamins to take for healthy hair growth in women?  Hair is very thin and signs of balding.

Agree w Dr. Baker: See dermatologist to evaluate for reason for this so that an individualized treatment plan can be developed. For healthy hair growth: Get adequate sleep,avoid excess sugar & fat in diet, v carbonated beverages, eat enough protein, exercise regularly. Biotin helps (but don't over do it). Insure you have adequate Iron (think kale & other dark green leafies), Omega 3 fatty acids (think walnuts) > ...Read more

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Is hair loss normal in pregnancy?

Is hair loss normal in pregnancy?

Yes: Alopecia, or hair loss can be a common occurrence in pregnancy. Stress is a common cause of alopecia, and your body is undergoing a type of physical stress. This can also be a sign of a low thyroid state, which can also be common in pregnancy, so you may consider having your provider check a tsh, free t3, (liothyronine) free T4 ( i also check reverse t3) to make sure that your thyroid is in balance. ...Read more

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Could supplements that increase testosterone cause hair loss in men?

Could supplements that increase testosterone cause hair loss in men?

Possibly: Depending on what supplement is used and how much testosterone is produced will partly determine how much testosterone will be converted to DHT which is primarily involved with hair loss. ...Read more

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What can lead to hair loss in women?

What can lead to hair loss in women?

Many reasons: Some of the reasons for hair loss > 1. Heredity 2. Stress 3. Low hemoglobin levels 4. Various drugs (especially chemotherapy drugs). ...Read more

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Is having belly fat in teenage girls and hair loss related?

Is having belly fat in teenage girls and hair loss related?

Check thyroid: Check with your healthcare provider who might look for other symptoms and signs. This may be suggestive of thyroid issues which can be caused by a multitude of things. ...Read more

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What increases growth of facial hair in women?

What increases growth of facial hair in women?

Testosterone: Excess facial hair in women is defined by the presence of coarse, dark hair on the lip, chin, chest and sideburn area. It is the result of higher levels of the hormone dihydrotestosterone, a precursor to testosterone. Some levels of testosterone are normal in women, responsible for thick beautiful hair and eyelash growth. Estrogen and testosterone act together to provide normal hormonal balance. ...Read more

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Can beard hair grow in areas that had no hair after natural weight loss ?

Can beard hair grow in areas that had no hair after natural weight loss ?

Unlikely: Hair growth is, for the most part, genetically mediated. There are some circumstances in which regrowth may occur, but not usually associated with weights. There are several surgical ways of replacing hair and a good plastic surgeon may help you. ...Read more

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Can weight gaining supplements lead to the negative effects of hair loss and acne?

Can weight gaining supplements lead to the negative effects of hair loss and acne?

Who prepared them?: "weight gaining supplements" prepared in the gym have been known to be spiked with anabolic steroids. These can make acne flare and speed hair loss. Please be careful. Otherwise, get with your physician -- acne can be treated and if you wish, it could be possible to address hair loss. ...Read more

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Do hormonal medicines increase weight. I have hormonal imbalances due to which I have facial hair growth and in general a lot of body hair.

Do hormonal medicines increase weight. I have hormonal imbalances due to which I have facial hair growth and in general a lot of body hair.

Some: Some, like Insulin resistance, can lead to obesity and abnormal hair growth (pcos), metformin is often effective at restoring normal menses and fertility and helping with weight loss. Diet/exercise is very important. I am not familiar with your two medications, so can't tell you if they're helping or causing the problem. ...Read more

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How is estrogen and progesterone affected by hypothyroidism in women?

How is estrogen and progesterone affected by hypothyroidism in women?

Unpredictable: There may be decreased secretion and decreased metabolism, but in general the levels are somewhat abnormal. Luckily hypothyroidism is easily treated by brand name T4 replacement. See your doctor. ...Read more

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Does hysterectamy cause hair loss and more body hair?

It can: A hysterectomy by itself involves removal of just the uterus and should not lead to these symptoms. However, if your hysterectomy also involved removal of your ovaries, you may have changes in body hair amount and pattern. ...Read more

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Hereditary hair loss, if DHT is produced in all men even in men with a full head of hair, then how is it genetic and the main cause of baldness?

Hereditary hair loss, if DHT is produced in all men even in men with a full head of hair, then how is it genetic and the main cause of baldness?

Good question: A good, but tough question. If you are genetically predisposed to the early loss of hair then your hair follicles may not be responding to the Dht that is present. Without seeing you it is always possible that your pattern of hair loss is not genetic. Seeing a dermatologist would be your best option to clarify this and if there would be any treatment necessary. ...Read more

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What would a dermatologist prescribe a 25 year old woman with moderate hormonal hair loss? Topical recommendations are appreciated.

What would a dermatologist prescribe a 25 year old woman with moderate  hormonal hair loss? Topical recommendations are appreciated.

First a derm would: need to find out the cause of the hair loss to determine best treatment. I do love oral supplements like viviscal, but would need to see your hair loss to determine topicals. OTC rogaine (minoxidil) for women can't hurt, but see derm for answers ...Read more

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Hormone tests are normal.diet is healthy but still im facing male pattern baldness type hair loss.im 30 years old unmarried female.

Hormone tests are normal.diet is healthy but still  im facing male pattern baldness type hair loss.im 30 years old unmarried female.

It's hard to check: hormones and frequently female pattern hair loss may not show lab abnormalities. You can have a biopsy performed if thyroid and iron/ferritin and complete blood count are normal. See derm for answers and treatment options as we do have success treating female pattern baldness ...Read more

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What I can do to treat female hair loss. No cancer , no thyroidm no chronic problems. Hormones have been checked and normal, hair transplant?

What I can do to treat female hair loss. No cancer , no thyroidm no chronic problems. Hormones have been checked and normal, hair transplant?

Hair transplant: The best treatment for hair loss in men and women is transplantation of hair from the back of the head to the area of hair loss. The hair from the back regions of the head are genetically designed to remain in place despite hormonal changes. Transplantation can be completed by strip harvest of by [fue] follicular unit extraction. Transplantation is completed most naturally as single hairs. ...Read more

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I am a 23 year old female. I was told all of my hormones and thyroid levels are "within range" but I'm experiencing chronic tiredness, fibroids, sexual dis-function, no libido, and hair loss. My prolactin was elevated at 31.2.

I am a 23 year old female. I was told all of my hormones and thyroid levels are "within range" but I'm experiencing chronic tiredness, fibroids, sexual dis-function, no libido, and hair loss. My prolactin was elevated at 31.2.

Need thorough checkp: Fibroids may imply heavy bleeding, and anemia, fatigue, tiredness..Im not a Gyn , you need one. Why is prolactine high? Any meds? I would be concerned and agsin, best is to obtain a thorough gyn evaluation for correct diagnosis. And start treatment. ...Read more

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What could be causing hair loss along with low hormones?

What could be causing hair loss along with low hormones?

Multiple reasons : This is truly a tough question. Best you see an endocrinologist. Get well soon! ...Read more

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What should I do if my hair loss is because of hormone fluctuations?

What should I do if my hair loss is because of hormone fluctuations?

Who told you this?: I wonder whether you're endocrinologist, dermatologist or general doctor told you this. At your age hormone fluctuations should not cause hair loss. Problems with your thyroid or a low ferritin level might. ...Read more

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Would spironolactone help with hormonal hair loss?

Depends: If your baldness is due to hormonal hair loss there is potential for you to benefit. I would see your doctor and weight the other options, romaine for women as well as determine the exact cause of your hair loss. Good luck ...Read more

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Can a 20 year old have hormonal imbalance which results in hair loss?

Not likely.: Hormonal imbalance is not a likely cause of hair loss. There are generally much more common causes such as telogen effluvium, androgenetic alopecia ( male pattern baldness), etc. ...Read more

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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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Could you tell me what hormones/substances cause hair loss or slow hair growth?

Could you tell me what hormones/substances cause hair loss or slow hair growth?

Testosterone: Or any hormone( anabolic steroid etc) possessing so-called androgenic activities can cause hair loss. Do note that hair loss is often a genetic trait. ...Read more

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I think taking zinc stimulated my sex hormones and caused hair loss what should I do to reverse the damage caused to my hair please help?

I think taking zinc stimulated my sex hormones and caused hair loss what should I do to reverse the damage caused to my hair please help?

Hair Loss: Hair loss can be caused by many different things, including infections, medication, radiation, mechanical injury, inflammatory conditions, and autoimmune disease. Examination by a physician is required to make the diagnosis and determine the most appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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Few monthes ago i sufred from hair loss i was under stress i did the hormonal test the prolactin was eleveted about twice normal awhy it is elevated?

Few monthes ago i sufred from hair loss i was under stress  i did the hormonal test the prolactin was eleveted about twice normal awhy it is elevated?

Causes: ^ Prolactin: The causes are reglan, (metoclopramide) antipsychotic drugs, lung ca, hypothyroidism, chest wall trauma, lactation, and marijuana use. Please see your doctor if after reading, the list, you have not found your cause, as further work-up may be needed. ...Read more

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What is the best treatment for hair loss caused by hormonal imbalance ?

Minoxidl: In addition to lab evaluation including thyroid function, dhes, testosterone, and iron levels, treatment can be tailored to individual. However romaine or monoxide will work by itself in 85 per cent of women and work along with any treatment for excess androgen such as alda tone or tagamet (cimetidine) orally if indicated. ...Read more

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Can daily stress be a major cause of male hair loss? Does it increase the male hormone? Can hair grow back?

Can daily stress be a major cause of male hair loss? Does it increase the male hormone? Can hair grow back?

Yes: Stress can result in many effects including hair shedding on anybody- male or female, Stress can also elevate cortisol levels that in turn can lower testosterone. Hair can grow back if the underlying issues are addressed. http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/hair-loss/basics/definition/con-20027666 ...Read more

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What are the possible causes for a DHEA(S) level of 816 ug/dL? All other hormone levels are normal. I have hair loss, early satiety, and no PCOS

What are the possible causes for a DHEA(S) level of 816 ug/dL? All other hormone levels are normal.
I have hair loss, early satiety, and no PCOS

DHEA: Need to know what is normal for the lab that did the test, what your other medical problems are (if any) and meds you are taking. See me for a 2nd opinion online till 4 AM PCT today. ...Read more

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Normal blood tests but period came a month late? Worried it could've caused a hormonal disturbance and cause hair loss.

Unlikely: Menstrual disturbances are usually caused by a hormone problem. However, an isolated delayed menses would not likely cause hair loss. I suggest that you work with your gyn or pcp to try and learn what might have been the problem. Occasional delayed menses can be very difficult to understand, but if the problem recurs then more likely to get an answer. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Only 20 when i started balding, & by 22 i had like a crown, I have no family history of hair loss my dad in 50 have full set, no hormone prb what to do?

Male Pattern : The male pattern baldness (mpb) form of androgenetic alopecia accounts for more than 95% of hair loss in men. By age 35, two-thirds of american men will have some degree of appreciable hair loss and by age 50 approximately 85% of men have significantly thinning hair. About 25% of men who suffer from male pattern baldness begin the process before they reach 21. Treat with propecia (finasteride). ...Read more

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Can low thyroid hormone symptoms like hair-loss be reversed?

Can low thyroid hormone symptoms like hair-loss be reversed?

Allopecia: If scalp hair loss called allopecia is due to hypothyroidism one can reverse it by normalizing thyroid function. Most of the time hypothyroidism is due to an autoimmune disorder called hashimotos disease. Allopcia is an accompanying autoimmune disorder and may not be due to low thyroid hormones. It's an association -- not causation. ...Read more

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Can low thyroid hormone symptoms such as hair loss be reversed?

Possibly/depends,,,,: This may be reversed depending on how severe and long-standing the thyroid issue is and how good a person's circulation is. Strict adherence to therapy would also help. ...Read more

Dr. Harinder Gill
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Hormone (Definition)

A hormone (from greek ὁρμή, "impetus") is a chemical released by a cell or a gland in one part of the body that sends out messages that affect cells in other parts of the organism. Only a little amount of hormone is required to alter cell metabolism. In essence, it is a chemical messenger that transports a signal from ...Read more


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Baldness (Definition)

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