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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 are causes for hair loss on a girl of 18 yrs of age? Help please

What are causes for hair loss on a girl of 18 yrs of age? Help please

Mechanical reasons: Mechanical reasons are the most common reason for hair loss in women. A hot curling iron, tight braids or pony tail, seborrhoic dermatitis, as well as illness and hypothyroidism certain medication will also cause hair loss. ...Read more

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Hi i'm 17 years old and i'm a girl . I suffer from hair loss . I had big hair when i was 15 but used heat a lot then my hair starts falling .

See your doctor: First you should see your doctor - he/she will examine you and may do blood tests to check for anemia and iron levels --- also, i would recommend you to see a dermatologist. ...Read more

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What can an 18 year old girl do if she is experiencing hair loss?

What can an 18 year old girl do if she is experiencing hair loss?

Go see your doctor: Hair loss can occur for many reasons, thyroid disease, infection, vitamin deficiencies, and just plain old stress. You need a proper evaluation with your doctor which may include some blood work to get to the bottom of your hair loss issue. ...Read more

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"what can cause hair loss with a 9 year old healthy well nourished active girl? What can be done?"

"what can cause hair loss with a 9 year old healthy well nourished active girl? What can be done?"

Hair loss in 9 y.o.: Conditions that most commonly cause hair loss in a 9 year old child include alopecia areata, telogen effluvium (due to interruption of hair growth cycle by illness, surgery, stress, meds, etc), tinea capitis (fungal infection of the scalp). There are also much more rare conditions as well. Whether something can be done depends on the cause. Please see your dermatologist for evaluation. ...Read more

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25 y girl without any chronic medical problem , having no current symptoms except hair loss . What are the causes and solution ?

25 y girl without any chronic medical problem , having no current symptoms except hair loss . What are the causes and solution ?

Many causes: Causes include, but not limited to : vitamin deficiencies, poor diet, thyroid issues, anemia, hormonal imbalances/changes, medications, genetics, tension of hair (pulling back), damage from chemical treatments/dyes, obsessive pulling (trichotillomania) - the solution is find the cause, as each cuase has different treatment. Would talk to your physician and consider labwork. ...Read more

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4m pp, thyroid levels normal, thyroid enlarged, u/s today. How long until normal pp hair loss and exhaustion level out? I am bf'ing

4m pp, thyroid levels normal, thyroid enlarged, u/s today. How long until normal pp hair loss and exhaustion level out? I am bf'ing

Could be months: Your hair is not lost, just breaking off. It should grow out normally, but may take several months since hair grows intermittently not continuously. Give it time, and avoid chemical treatments. Continue the iron to build your blood count back toward normal. ...Read more

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Stress and thyroid cause hair loss. What else?

Stress and thyroid cause hair loss. What else?

Many things: Any acute illness or surgery, psoriasis or other skin disease if it affects the scalp, some meds, genetics, age... ...Read more

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Does low thyroid cause hair loss in women?

Yes: It can be one of the signs and symptoms of low thyriod. Visit your physician to discuss this issue so that this can be evaluated. ...Read more

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I wish to have my thyroid tested for hair loss and fluid retention. What is the exact name of the test that is to be done?

I wish to have my thyroid tested for hair loss and fluid retention. What is the exact name of the test that is to be done?

Thyroid testing: I am not sure if this question is a joke or not. But in case it is not a joke, you will ask for your thyroid to be tested. It is elemental and basic. I would bet that your physician will be smart enough to know exactly what to order for this common test. ...Read more

Dr. James Lin
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Thyroid (Definition)

The thyroid is an endocrine gland that sits in the lower part of the neck. It produces thyroid hormone - which ...Read more


Dr. Emily Altman
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Baldness (Definition)

Baldness is a lack of hair on the scalp (it could ...Read more