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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 is falling out in clumps? What can I do?

Hair is falling out in clumps? What can I do?

Get seen: This is probably telogen effluvium and you need a medical workup to rule out serious illness and identify possibly causes. ...Read more

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I am a female, 25, and my hair is falling out in clumps?

I am a female, 25, and my hair is falling out in clumps?

Causes of hair loss: There are various causes of hair loss, including vitamin deficiency, poor nutrition, endocrine disorders, infections, dermatological issues, stress or other mental health conditions. Recommend seeing your doctor to get a complete evaluation. ...Read more

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Why is my hair falling out? Over the past two years, I have lost 83 lbs. In a safe, healthy way. But recently I have noticed that a lot more hair is falling out than normal, especially in the shower. What could this be? Should I start taking a vitamin?

Why is my hair falling out? Over the past two years, I have lost 83 lbs. In a safe, healthy way. But recently I have noticed that a lot more hair is falling out than normal, especially in the shower. What could this be? Should I start taking a vitamin?

Medial? / nutirtion: That is alot of weight to loose there are alot of factors to examine for hair loss. Male or female. Medical conditions in both? Nutritional factors.... See your pcp or dermatologist and get a work up.... ...Read more

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I gave birth 3 months ago, breastfed for 6 weeks and my hair is falling out like crazy in the shower. Am I ok?

I gave birth 3 months ago, breastfed for 6 weeks and my hair is falling out like crazy in the shower. Am I ok?

Yes: Hair loss after pregnancy is not unusual. It is called telogen effluvium and occurs because normally 90 per cent of your hair is growing, but during pregnancy 100 per cent is growing so with change in hormones you will experience shedding of 10 per cent of all hairs along with normal shedding. This will stabilize in a few months. You can use rogaine (minoxidil) for 6 months if necessary. ...Read more

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Can a severe dry scalp cause pain and hair loss? Hair falling out in clumps and my husband said my scalp looks dry and flaky. Scalp feels tender

Can a severe dry scalp cause pain and hair loss? Hair falling out in clumps and my husband said my scalp looks dry and flaky. Scalp feels tender

See a dermatologist: How long since delivery? Nursing? Any meds or vits not listed? Blood TSH and T4? Begin with a diagnosis by a skin specialist. Telogen effluvium is common after delivery. Skin and hair changes related to estrogen/ progesterone changes can be considered. Seborrheic dermatitis, infections, psoriasis, LE, and other diagnoses demand a skilled exam and evaluation to sort it out and begin specific thera ...Read more

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I have clumps of hair loss, especially in showers, clogging my drain, why?

I have clumps of hair loss, especially in showers, clogging my drain, why?

Hair: The are many reasons for alopecia. Medical reasons include certain medications, hyperthyroid conditions, and stress related. Some forms of alopecia are idiopathic and do not have a specific cause. ...Read more

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What could be causing hair loss in my 4 year old? There are no noticeable bald spot, just clumps of hair falling out.

Alopecia Areata: Alopecia areata is a common autoimmune skin disease resulting in the loss of hair on the scalp and elsewhere on the body. It usually starts with one or more small, round, smooth patches on the scalp and can progress to total scalp hair loss (alopecia totalis) or complete body hair loss (alopecia universalis). ...Read more

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My hair is falling out, what can I do to prevent this?

My hair is falling out, what can I do to prevent this?

Propecia (finasteride) & minoxidil: Propecia (finasteride) and Minoxidil are two medications that can be used to help you prevent further hair loss. As with most medicines, these do have potential side effects so weigh the risks and benefits with your pmd carefully. ...Read more

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My hair is falling out. What can be done to prevent this?

Hormonal Issues: If you are a woman, you should look at your thyroid levels and and your estrogen levels. If they are low, then replacing them would help with your hair growth. If you are a man, then also look at thyroid levels but also Dht levels that might be causing hair loss. Treatment of these two problems will correct the hair loss. You need nutrients for hair growth. There are supplements & gelatin. ...Read more

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I have mal-absorption and my hair is falling out. What do you advise?

I have mal-absorption and my hair is falling out. What do you advise?

Testing: Is this new or chronic? Malabsorption and low protien intake will explain the hair loss. Celiac sprue is a possible cause which is an allergy to gluten and other sx include diarrhea, weight loss, fatigue, iron deficiency and vit amin d deficiency. See your primary doctor or a gastroenterologist (gi) for testing. ...Read more

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Hi, I am 19yrs old and my hair is falling out, what can I do to stop it?

Hi, I am 19yrs old and my hair is falling out, what can I do to stop it?

Hair Loss: Male-pattern baldness is the most common cause of hair loss in men. Men who have this type of hair loss usually have inherited the trait. Men who start losing their hair at an early age tend to develop more extensive baldness. In male-pattern baldness, hair loss typically results in a receding hair line and baldness on the top of the head. Treatment is with topical rogaine (minoxidil) or oral propecia. ...Read more

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I have small bumps on my head that itch and my hair is falling out why?

I have small bumps on my head that itch and my hair is falling out why?

Few conditions.: Is there watery liquid/ pus from the bumps. Are there any scales along with the bumps. Could be folliculitis from infected hair follicle roost by staphylococcus bac. S, allergic reaction to any hair products, fungal infection-ring worm infn, seborrhic dermatitis from irritation by the clogged oily secretion by the hair follicles irritating the skin, infestations with lice, dandruff, psoriasis, acne. ...Read more

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A lot of my hair is falling out, when I wash my hair. What do that means?

A lot of my hair is falling out, when I wash my hair. What do that means?

Hair loss: Make sure your thyroid is checked and functioning well if you have type 1 diabetes. ...Read more

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My friend says she keeps fainting and her hair is falling out. What does this sound like?

Hypothyroidism: There are a lot of possibilities, but hypothyroidism, and anemia due to malnutrition should be considered. Fainting is an important symptom, so she should definitely get checked out! ...Read more

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I am going thru perimenopause and I've noticed my hair is falling out what I do to stop it?

I am going thru perimenopause and I've noticed my hair is falling out what I do to stop it?

Hair loss: Hair loss can be normal aging or as a result of a medical issue. We would normally check thyroid function and anemia for causes. Perhaps doing a vitamin d level check and testosterone levels would help too. If all these results are normal, the hair loss is likely normal age related. We can't expect to have the same hair we had at age 20 when we're 80. Shampoo less often. Natural oils can help. ...Read more

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23yo female had a still born 12 weeks ago at 38weeks now my hair is falling out in little bits?

23yo female had a still born 12 weeks ago at 38weeks now my hair is falling out in little bits?

Sorry for your loss.: In both ways, your irreplaceable little baby and your hair. That is a dreadful situation for any young mother to have to face. The good news is that it is normal to lose hair, even in large amounts after pregnancy has ended. The hormone progesterone in particular allows for more hair follicles to remain active. Postpartum many regress to dormant states. Don't fret, your hair will grow back. ...Read more

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I'm 17 and my hair is falling out and thinning. Rapidly! This is very stressful for me. Help? Please?

Hair: I recommend appointment with your family doctor for blood work to rule out thyroid disease or anemia etc. ...Read more

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My hair is falling out excessively afraid of combing or washing a lot falls out in chucks, also have psoriasis?

See below: It sounds like you need seek treat for this. Seeing a dermatologist is a good start. You may also need to have your thyroid checked as this can cause hair loss as well. If you are having joint pain with you psoriasis, you may want to see a rheumatologist as well to make certain that you do not have psoriatic arthritis. Hope that helps. ...Read more

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My son is 1 years old & my hair is falling out again. Should I be concerened? Is this a hair cycle & once done i'll be ok? :) thx.

Hairloss postpartum: Some women do lose some hair after they have a baby. During pregnancy women grow thicker hair and after the baby due to hormone levels waning, they lose some of it or most of it. If you are still losing after 1 year, see a dermatologist. Eat foods rich in iron, Folic Acid and high in protein, calcium. ...Read more

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What can I do if my hair is falling out?

What can I do if my hair is falling out?

See doctor: Or see dermatologist. Treatment depends on the cause. There are many possible conditons: due to male pattern balness, chemotherapy, after pregnancy, stress, autoimmune conditions, chemical on hair, fungal infection, syphillis etc...... ...Read more

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My hair is falling out? Who do I see now?

My hair is falling out? Who do I see now?

Dermatologist: When hair loss is the primary symptom, a dermatologist is a great doctor to start with because such a physician will be able to address the causes of hair loss in an effort to determine the cause. If the cause is something that another medical specialist treats, the dermatologist will address this with you also. Your pcp may also be a good option to try first. ...Read more

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Hair is falling out by the fistfuls! Help!

Hair is falling out by the fistfuls! Help!

Hair falling out: This is not normal. You need to see your doctor for examination and tests. E.G. You may have an endocrine or underactive thyroid problem. ...Read more

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My hair is falling out a lot what should I do?

Seek care: Hair falling has a number of causes from autoimmune processes to thyroid dysfunction. There are of course other symptoms associated however. ...Read more

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My hair is falling out--what should I do for this?

See your doctor: There are too many causes for this. You need to see your primary care physician to start figuring out the cause, then you can treat appropriately. Common causes include: iron deficiency, mineral/electrolytes deficiency, malnutrition, rapid weight loss, hormonal imbalances, genetic, infections, drug side effects, toxins... ...Read more

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What to do if my hair is falling out 40 or 50 at a time?

Hair falling out.: I should be so lucky.

I would start with your next visit to a hair stylist whether you are a woman or a man.

If that does not work out well please see a Dermatologist near you. ...Read more