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Hi, I am a female (22) with thin hair and a Y-shaped bald pattern on the crown. The hair just splits at the crown, what to do? dry,little itchy scalp

Hi, I am a female (22) with thin hair and a Y-shaped bald pattern on the crown. The hair just splits at the crown, what to do? dry,little itchy scalp

TurnALossIntoAGain: At 22 years you have a good chance to beat this but you need to see a hair specialist for analysis of your hair and hair follicles, plus some other medical stuff, ASAP. You're shedding more than the usual 100-150 hairs a day. I assume by "Y" pattern you meant a "V," which is thinning on each temple area, called "male pattern," for obvious reason. Lotsa causes, lotsa possible cures. See a hair doc! ...Read more

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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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Another female on here said her scalp was itchy and hair falling out. Can women also get male pattern baldness and why?

Another female on here said her scalp was itchy and hair falling out. Can women also get male pattern baldness and why?

Yes: Women can get baldness for many reasons. Sometimes it is related to hormonal imbalances, sometimes it is an autoimmune phenomenon (like in lupus or thyroid disease) and sometimes it is a fungal infection. If you have baldness and an itchy scalp, it is more likely due to fungus and can be treated. ...Read more

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White things attached to end of hair when I pull it out, itchy scalp and hair loss what is this? Seb dermatitis or not? Please help

White things attached to end of hair when I pull it out, itchy scalp and hair loss what is this? Seb dermatitis or not? Please help

Lice?: if the "white things" are stuck to the hair and look like tiny eggs, you may have head lice. if the stuff you see in your hair is loose flakes it could be seb derm, but that doesn't usually cause hair loss. see doctor, get exam , diagnosis and treatment ...Read more

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I have extreme hair loss/painful/itchy scalp.I now see my scalp.What can I do other than rogaine (minoxidil) that is affective.Can this be serious how can I tell?

I have extreme hair loss/painful/itchy scalp.I now see my scalp.What can I do other than rogaine (minoxidil) that is affective.Can this be serious how can I tell?

Physician exam: Loss of hair with a painful, itchy scalp could be associated with multiple problems. Physician review is a must. Hold on the rogaine (minoxidil) until you have an accurate diagnosis for your hair loss. Rogaine (minoxidil) may even cause itchy skin irritation. Consider review by a dermatologist or hair transplant surgeon. International society of hair transplant surgery. ...Read more

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Tried all shampoo ,but hair fall,itchy scalp,dandruff.no smoke no alcohol no genetic.alopecia?? Help please. Test required?

Tried all shampoo ,but hair fall,itchy scalp,dandruff.no smoke no alcohol no genetic.alopecia?? Help please. Test required?

Hair: I would first see your doctor about this and she/he may be very helpful. You might also be referred to a dermatologist. You will be taught why this has happened and advised what to do next. ...Read more

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Scalp (Definition)

Scalp is the part of the skin on the skull, deeply attached to the skull and has the hair shafts from it.Rest of the skin in the head like facial skin(beard) has only 2 layers -epidermis and dermis. Scalp has 5 different layers unlike facial skin/rest of skin all over body .Scalp-s-epidermis, c-conn.Tissue, a-aponeurosis, l-loose areolar conn. Tissue and p- pericranium attached ...Read more


Dr. Candace Spann
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Scalp Itching (Definition)

Itching in the scalp can be triggered by a variety of causes. The most common is seborrheic dermatitis, an inflammation of the scalp producing redness and flaking. Psoriasis can involve the scalp in a similar pattern. Stress can manifest as scalp itching, especially on the back of the scalp. Try a dandruff shampoo and scalpicin (hydrocortisone lotion) ...Read more