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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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My scalp is itchy and the crown is sore. There are no flakes, sores, or hair loss. What could it be? This has been for a year.

My scalp is itchy and the crown is sore. There are no flakes, sores, or hair loss. What could it be? This has been for a year.

Scalp itchy/sore: Consider coconut oil massage when showering rinse off or rinse w/ 1 part apple cider vinegar, 3 parts water or massage olive oil and then place paste of baking soda on scalp for 1/2 hour and rinse. Consider Nizoral (ketoconazole) shampoo (if no allergy)-for fungus. May be allergic reaction to foods ( I have seen that) . Would also check for lice . F//U w/ dermatologist and allergist for food allergy testing ...Read more

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Does vit D deficiency cause massive hair loss and scalp soreness in women?

Does vit D deficiency cause massive hair loss and scalp soreness in women?

Doubtful: Vitamin D's main action is on the bones and blood calcium levels. It also has effects on other systems which are being studied but severe effects on the skin and hair have not been described. Even if your D level is a bit low I would check with a dermatologist to see if something else may be going on ...Read more

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Scalp has itchy, sore bumps and are very irritating. Haven't noticed any excessive hair loss, but it is discomforting and scalp is sore. Will it heal?

Scalp has itchy, sore bumps and are very irritating. Haven't noticed any excessive hair loss, but it is discomforting and scalp is sore. Will it heal?

Yes, wash daily: Wash your scalp and hair daily, with any shampoo that you like. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex. Get HPV vaccine. ...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'm 27 male suffering scalp pain and serious hair loss feel like things inside my head help plz?

Scalp biopsy: Your symptoms could be scalp psoriasis. But the only way to diagnose you, you need to have scalp biopsy. Please, make an appointment with your dermatologist and have them get a scalp biopsy. ...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