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Dr. Alan Bauman
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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


Dr. Alvin Lin Dr. Lin
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Health good no scalp infection, illness. Did excessive ejaculation of sperm fr 2 yrs increase testosterone level very high cause baldness at age20?

Dr. Alvin Lin Dr. Lin
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Health good no scalp infection, illness. Did excessive ejaculation of sperm fr 2 yrs increase testosterone level very high cause baldness at age20?

No: So testosterone (t) is converted into dihydrotestosterone (dht) which is can cause hair loss. Therefore, higher t might lead to higher dht. But those w/normal t can have relatively higher dht, too. Don't forget that genetics has a big factor in hair loss (think male pattern baldness) so look at your dad, his brothers (your uncles), your dad's dad, etc, & your brothers. Medications can lower dht. ...Read more

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Will my daughter hair grow back after a scalp infection?

Will my daughter hair grow back after a scalp infection?

Possibly but...: The chances of regrowth depend on a lot of factors. The amount of area involved, the type of infection (i.e fungal), the duration of infection, and the treatment used/needed. A dermatologist should probably be consulted in case scalp injections can help to stimulate hair regrowth. Time may be of the essence in getting evaluated/treated, so please followup promptly. ...Read more

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Fungus infection on scalp what can I do to stop hair loss.

Fungus infection on scalp what can I do to stop hair loss.

Treat the infection: One's primary care doctor can check for medical causes. If none are found, then one can see a dermatologist, especially one specializing in hair restoration (some treatments: minoxidil, etc, . ..). Medical causes may include: hormonal problems (low thyroid), seborrhea, alopecia areata, stressful illness. Other causes: genetic male/female pattern baldness, telogen effluvium. ...Read more

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My scalp was infected with fungal infection with hair loss. But now infection got away. But how to recover hair loss?? Plz suggest me

My scalp was infected with fungal infection with hair loss. But now infection got away. But how to recover hair loss?? Plz suggest me

Scalp fungus: Scalp fungal infections should be promptly recognized and treated aggressively. Alopecia related to Tinea capitis may resolve over a period of 2-6 months. Unfortunately, in the setting of associated and resultant scarring, hair loss can be permanent. ...Read more

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Clear liquid oozing from scalp. Is it scalp infection?

Dr. John Chiu Dr. Chiu
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Clear liquid oozing from scalp. Is it scalp infection?

Possible but: Without knowing more details, it would be hard to tell. If you do find pus coming out, then an infection is likely. ...Read more

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Is there an over-the-counter shampoo for a scalp infection?

Is there an over-the-counter shampoo for a scalp infection?

Depends: It depends on the type of infection. See your doctor for proper examination, diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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Chronic Scalp infection with hairfall & lymphoplamacytes infiltrate in subepithlial stroma. Which infection is it? Please tell?

Chronic Scalp infection with hairfall & lymphoplamacytes infiltrate in subepithlial stroma. Which infection is it? Please tell?

See a dermatologist: Do not assume an infection. There are various diagnoses, including but not exclusive to infections. An exam and possibly tests may illuminate the cause and thus lead to a cure. ...Read more

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Can you get a scalp infection from a spontaneous CSF leak?

Can you get a scalp infection from a spontaneous CSF leak?

Rare: A CSF leak is highly unlikely in a normal individual with no prior history of trauma or surgery to the head. ...Read more

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Dr presc. Ketoconazole for scalp infection, but my scalp is still itchy and it burns. Why hasn't it gone away & how can I cure this?

Dr presc. Ketoconazole for scalp infection, but my scalp is still itchy and it burns. Why hasn't it gone away & how can I cure this?

Not sure, but...: It could be that the medication is not potent enough - may require an additional agent. Or could be that the diagnosis is incorrect. You need to talk to your prescribing doc to figure this out. ...Read more

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I think I have scalp infection. Have rashes, pimples, Extreme dandruff, lymph nodes back of neck. How to confirm it and get rid off it?

Scalp Hygiene: You should see a dermatologist, in the meantime applied a shampoo
which will be useful for fungal and bacterial infections.
It also will be useful, if you could have your hair cut Short.

As you have lymph nodes in your neck is quite possible that you have
an ongoing infection, you will require culture and sensitivity of the organism
and started on antibiotics ...Read more

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Sir I got cervical lymph nodes. 67% lymphocytes in blood and 25% neutrophiles. And 1~2 lymph nodes on my back head. My doctor said it is due to dandruff and scalp infection. Pls help me..

Do not worry: Your age, the size and locations of the lymph nodes are suggesting a benign reaction protected by a normal immune response. Please do not worry and just wait sometime And resume contact later with your MD if nodes and relative percent of lymphocytes persist more than 3 months. My sense is you are in good shape and normally react to local infection. If you have other symptoms, pls see a doc now. ...Read more

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Vancomycin IV- 10 days/bacteremia, had hair loss before taking it, I attributed to infection-now more. Can vanco cause hair loss and will it subside?

Vancomycin IV- 10 days/bacteremia, had hair loss before taking it, I attributed to infection-now more. Can vanco cause hair loss and will it subside?

Your age?: We need to know your age. Please put it in your public profile. We cannot answer questions from minors. Knowing your country or state helps, too. Age, location, and gender, can affect our answer, since some conditions are more likely in different places or in different age groups. Be honest! You expect if of us, & we expect it of you! List any meds you take, & any chronic medical problems, too. ...Read more

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Could a localized fungal infection be causing hair loss?

Could a localized fungal infection be causing hair loss?

Yes: A localized fungal infection can attack the hair fiollicles and cause a patchy hair loss. See your family doctor or dermatologist to confirm the diagnosis. ...Read more

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Hair loss, infection, very dull skin and elder looking problem. What can I do?

Hair loss, infection, very dull skin and elder looking problem. What can I do?

Hair loss infection: Given these symptoms you may have a thyroid problem. I would see an endocrinologist to be sure. ...Read more

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Any relation between bacteremia and hair loss? Can this type if infection cause hair loss?

None: Anyone who tells you that bacteria in your blood are making your hair fall out is misinformed or worse. Every one of us gets a few bacteria in our blood when we bush our teeth or pass stool. ...Read more

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Might it happen that a severe infection plus poor nutrition cause hair loss?

Might it happen that a severe infection plus poor nutrition cause hair loss?

Yes: Poor nutrition can cause hair loss. Zinc deficiency is one example of a condition that can cause hair loss. See your doctor for a full evaluation. ...Read more

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Can a severe infection cause hair loss?

Yes.: Hair "turns over" (sheds and regrows) faster than anything else in the body; so anything, especially a severe infection, can cause that turnover to accelerate. It's called a "telogen effluvium", and your hair will regrow once the infection is treated successfully. But it will take awhile, usually weeks to months. ...Read more

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Is there an at home treatment for a fungal infection causing hair loss?

Really no: Tinea capitis is very familiar. Although selenium sulfide dandruff shampoos can slow it down, it's best treated by systemic anti-fungal medicines that a physician needs to prescribe, as they are themselves toxic. There's a great medscape review: http://emedicine. Medscape. Com/article/1091351-overview. ...Read more

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Is there an at home treatment for a fungal infection that is causing hair loss?

Nizoral (ketoconazole) Shampoo: Nizoral (ketoconazole) shampoo is an antifungal shampoo for dandruff, but it is not known to stop hair loss. ...Read more

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Had major infection, treated w/ meds, ok now. IF this was cause of my recent hair loss- how long for it to stop falling and regrow now that im ok?

Had major infection, treated w/ meds, ok now. IF this was cause of my recent hair loss- how long for it to stop falling and regrow now that im ok?

Varies: Cannot say in your particular case, but generally, once the illness is over the hair comes back. Judging by me minoxidil, it is about the rate of beard growth... definite stubble in a week. ...Read more

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Had bacteremia from sinuses. Hair loss for 5 months and worst right before diagnosis. Can my bad sinus infection then bacteremia relate to my hair loss?

Probably not: 98% of sinusitis is viral not bacterial. That is why the standard of care is to wait for 2 was before taking antibiotics. Viral infections don't respond to antibiotics though they do seem to respond to tincture of time. One of my great attendings at Columbia on rounds used to say "Don't just do something. Stand here and wait." Still wise advise. See a dermatologist about your hair loss. ...Read more

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Hair loss, F- derm said telogen effluvium- bloodwork ok, no other med probs, no fam history of hair loss-no fungal infection. How long can it last?

Hair loss, F- derm said telogen effluvium- bloodwork ok, no other med probs, no fam history of hair loss-no fungal infection. How long can it last?

Ask the derm: The DR who determined you have telogen effluvium should discuss it in detail. Be sure she answers all your questions. What is the specific cause of your problem? There are many possible. This is very important. Typical telogen lasts about 3 months. If present less than 6 months it is acute. If over 6 months it is chronic. The circumstances causing it determine the duration. ...Read more

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Recent hair loss, F. Thyroid, hormones, iron, zinc, vitamins OK. Derm did exam, looked under microscope, no fungal infection. Just wait it out? Worried

Recent hair loss, F. Thyroid, hormones, iron, zinc, vitamins OK. Derm did exam, looked under microscope, no fungal infection. Just wait it out? Worried

Ask Derm!!!!: What did the "derm" tell you? Androgenetic? Telogen? Areata? Due to med? Birth control? Age? Infection? Lupus? Etc!!! An exam and numerous questions are the way to define the situation. ...Read more

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I'm 31m begining to show first signs of hair loss s@ back of my scalp. Does rogain or minoxidil really workk?

Yes, they may: Although, they may work for you, i'd recommend to rule out other possible causes of hair loss such as thyroid disease and/or anemia. If there is none of those, and you exhibit male baldness pattern, you may try rogaine (minoxidil). I'd not go for Minoxidil (oral) as it does have a higher incidence of side effects. ...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. Gary Sandler
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Infection (Definition)

Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more