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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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Is there any test to prove if I have genetic hair loss . My hair has been thinning but in the pattern of how a women would lose hair .

Is there  any test to prove if I have  genetic hair loss . My hair has been thinning but in the pattern of how a women would lose hair .

Get seen: The more chest hair that you're naturally blessed with, the sooner you'll probably get male pattern baldness. If the pattern doesn't match other guys, or the loss seems like something else, get a proper evaluation by a competent dermatologist. Forget the gene studies -- they're not available yet. ...Read more

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Hi. I am a male suffering from hair loss. Apperantly it is genetic and I am at the beginning of male pattern boldness. What can I do about it?

Hi. I am a male suffering from hair loss. Apperantly it is genetic and I am at the beginning of male pattern boldness. What can I do about it?

Hair loss: See your pcp or dermatologist. Getting evaluated for infection of the scalp also should be consider as infection like tinea capitis can cause loss of hair. Hair is the finest furniture of the scalp we definitely want to keep furniture. :) avoid hats and other pressure causing head wear. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about genetic hair loss or stress or alopecia?

Can you tell me about genetic hair loss or stress or alopecia?

Causes: there are many causes of hair loss, hypothyroid is an endocrine cause, pulling the hair during anxiety spells or at night, family history of loss is another. If parent is balled it can be genetic. Alopecia is a specific loss of body hair totalis lacks all hair lashes included. Some alopecia is in an area like the chin back etc. ...Read more

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I am loosing my head hair.however, my family has normal hair. Is hair loss genetic? How can I imrove the density of the hair??

I am loosing my head hair.however, my family has normal hair. Is hair loss genetic? How can I imrove the density of the hair??

Alopecia or genes: There is a condition called alopecia which causes the hair to fall out. This is different from male pattern baldness which is genetic and not a disorder. A dermatologist can tell you if you have Propecia (finasteride) (an autoimmune disorder) and treat it. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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How to differentiate between hair loss caused by stress or hair loss caused by genetics? Any specific hair loss patterns specific to different causes?

How to differentiate between hair loss caused by stress or hair loss caused by genetics? Any specific hair loss patterns specific to different causes?

The amount of loss: Stress induced hair loss occur in clumps and diffuse--ie. many hairs fall out at once on your comb, in the shower, on your pillow, etc. When your body is under stress, it signals your hairs to fall out. That transition takes around 3-4 months. Stress induced hair loss today is in response to an event that occurred 3-4mos ago. Androgentic hair loss is gradual usually start on vertex and temples ...Read more

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Will not washing my hair every day or touching my hair as sparingly as possible help slow down hair loss that may be happening due to genetic balding?

Will not washing my hair every day or touching my hair as sparingly as possible help slow down hair loss that may be happening due to genetic balding?

Washing hair: Washing your hair does not affect how many hairs fall out on average. It will just seem like more falls out on days you wash your hair and less on days you don't, but the average number will stay the same. Washing dislodges hairs that are already on their way out and will go with the next washing. If hair is not washed and the scalp becomes irritated, more hairs may shed. ...Read more

Genetic (Definition)

From a medical standpoint, "genetic" refers to the potential heritability of various medical conditions. While some conditions are inevitable (at some point in one's life) as a consequence of simple genetic heritability (eg huntington's disease), a large number of medical conditions (including all behaviorial health disorders) are the expressed final pathway of a ...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