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My Hair Is Falling Out In The Shower
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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?
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
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
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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