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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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Have been taking 1000mcg of biotin 4 a month bc of thinning hair. Noticed scalps very oily. No change in diet or shampoo. Should I stop taking it?

Have been taking 1000mcg of biotin 4 a month bc of thinning hair. Noticed scalps very oily. No change in diet or shampoo. Should I stop taking it?

Abs: Well I think you need to start over. Why is your hair thinning? Genetics, stress,endocrine disorders there are many possibilities find the cause first and then the treatment plan is put into place. Not the other way around ...Read more

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Sensitive scalp! Little bumps&dandruff&thinning hair in front/mid.So I want to go from darkbrown2blonde w/out coloring roots. Should I??

Sensitive scalp! Little bumps&dandruff&thinning hair in front/mid.So I want to go from darkbrown2blonde w/out coloring roots. Should I??

No contraindication: Medically, there is not contraindication, but it is possible the dye will cause discomfort on your sensitive skin. The decision is based on your cosmetic needs and willingness to experience discomfort. Consult with a dermatologist to understand why your scalp is sensitive. ...Read more

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Can scalp psoriasis lead to a receding hairline and thinning hair?

Can scalp psoriasis lead to a receding hairline and thinning hair?

Maybe..: But it's more likely that the thinning and receding is genetic and will happen regardless. The psoriasis (which stresses the skin that supports hair growth) may cause patchy hair loss and make the genetic thinning worse, but usually doesn't cause a receding hairline by itself. ...Read more

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What can I do for a thinning hair and a beginning to alopecia? I am a 22 year old female and you can already see my scalp on top of my forehead.

What can I do for a thinning hair and a beginning to alopecia? I am a 22 year old female and you can already see my scalp on top of my forehead.

See a dermatologist: In general hair loss as you describe at the age of 22 is out of the ordinary. Since there are a lot of possibilities i think the best option for you is to see a dermatologist. Causes could range anywhere from something called telogen effluvium to scarring conditions and everything in between. You need an exam by so done used to evaluating hair loss problems. ...Read more

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Can Jamaican or regular castor oil really help with hair growth and thinning hair? My hair is thinning at my scalp on my L side. I'm 23 good diet

Can Jamaican or regular castor oil really help with hair growth and thinning hair? My hair is thinning at my scalp on my L side. I'm 23 good diet

Castor oil: of ANY kind is NOT an accepted medical way of treating your hair thinning. You should consult your Primary Care Provider to rule out disorders which can alter you normal hair growth (eg Thyroid Disorders) You may benefit from medical treatment for male pattern baldness (Yes it happens in females!) There very successful treatments. Finally a visit to a Board Certified DERMATOLOGIST may be useful Z ...Read more

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Can seborrheic dermatitis in the scalp cause hair loss and/or thinning hair?

Can seborrheic dermatitis in the scalp cause hair loss and/or thinning hair?

Yes: It can certainly cause hair to good in to its resting phase called telophase. It could take up to 6 months to return to the active growth phases. ...Read more

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. 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