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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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What exactly does it mean when you get sudden bald spots that eventually grow back?

What exactly does it mean when you get sudden bald spots that eventually grow back?

Telogen effluvium: Read up on this and see if it matches. It can be stress, systemic illness, weird diets or "unexplained." a dermatology visit may be in order. ...Read more

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Sign of cancer or std? Sudden appearance of a bald spot. Suddenly I have bald spot on the side of my head. It's about the size of a dollar coin. I'm a 24 year old girl with a lot of hair and this was just noticed.

Hello. : Hello. This may be alopecia areata. It is a spot where hair is lost. If that is the cause, it isn't due to cancer or a sexually transmitted disease. It usually resolves on it's own. If you are worried you could always see a dermatologist. ...Read more

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Why is my baby bald?

Why is my baby bald?

"resting phase": For those who remember all the steps of mitosis from high school, they remember that after anaphase and telophase (the dna splits up to form two distinct nucleii), the cells rest. If there's a major shock to the system, the cells enter a second resting phase, then "die" while new cells pop up. Thus from birth, the hair cells enter resting phase, and hair falls out, to be replaced in a few months. ...Read more

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Why do people become bald?

Why do people become bald?

Many Possible Causes: People can develop baldness (alopecia) for many reasons, including breakage of hair from straighteners or dyes; certain skin diseases that cause destruction of the hair follicles, autoimmune disease, hormonal imbalance, iron deficiency, vitamin b deficiency, chemotherapy, shedding after illness, shedding after pregnancy, genetic factors, or alopecia areata. ...Read more

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How can I be bald forever?

How can I be bald forever?

Hmmmm: Male-pattern baldness is a genetic issue that can be treated but tends to last your entire lifetime. You can't change your genes! ...Read more

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What am i going bald at 27?

What am i going bald at 27?

Depends on cause...: 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. Medical causes may include: hormonal problems (low thyroid), seborrhea, alopecia areata, stressful illness. Other causes: genetic male-pattern baldness (common), telogen effluvium, etc... ...Read more

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Is baldness always hereditary?

Is baldness always hereditary?

Causes of "baldness": Alopecia is commonly known as hair loss, hair thinning, & balding. While genetic causes (like male pattern balding) are common, other causes exist: hormones, infections, autoimmune causes, metabolic (e.g. Chemotherapy), nutrition (e.g. Vitamin deficiencies), trauma (e.g. Tight braids), neoplastic (some cancers), etc. A dermatologist can help determine the cause & discuss treatment options. ...Read more

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Why hairy men tend to be bald?

Why hairy men tend to be bald?

Same genes: The more chest and back hair a man is naturally blessed with, the faster his hair regresses on his scalp. This is quite a close correlation. Some treatment options are available for loss of scalp hair, or the man can embrace his masculinity and heritage and remember that 95% of good looks is physical fitness. Photo guy isn't complaining. ...Read more

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Can Teenage baldness be cured?

Can Teenage baldness be cured?

Teenage baldness: Teenage baldness is not very common. If you are indeed losing hair at that early age I would recommend that you and your parents set up an appointment with a Dermatologist. You may need to go through your doctor to get that referral. ...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


Dr. Emily Altman
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Baldness (Definition)

Baldness is a clinical finding where there are areas of scalp ...Read more