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Doctor insights on: Thinning Hair Loss

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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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Can excess use of garnier fructise hair putty cause considerable hair thinning and hair loss?

Can excess use of garnier fructise hair putty cause considerable hair thinning and hair loss?

No----but: Hair is not like a plant. Nutrition of hair is only from its blood supply. "fortified fruit" is meaningless nonsense. A 20 yr old man with thinning hair is very common, related to genetics & hormones. See a dermatologist, bringing all meds, vitamins, supplements, & hair products. ...Read more

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What kinds of tests are a ferritin level, thyroid hormone, free testosterone level ? Tests for hair thinning or hair loss.

Overall health: Every man should have an occasional serum ferritin since hemochrmoatosis is common, deadly and treatable. Testosterone assays are of little value in a baldness workup despite what you may hear, but worthwhile in an erectile dysfunction workup. Hypothyroidism leads to a non-male-pattern baldness and thyroid screen is worthwhile every few years. ...Read more

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Fractured foot 3 mos. ago and am now experiencing thinning hair. Is hair loss related to fracture. Also had a lot of stress. Will hair grow back?

Fractured foot 3 mos. ago and am now experiencing thinning hair. Is hair loss related to fracture. Also had a lot of stress. Will hair grow back?

Not usually: But stress, low thyroid, anemia, and several other things can cause thinning hair. Get a general checkup, ask for some tests and also be sure that you don't have osteoporosis as a cause for the fracture. Good luck! ...Read more

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How common is hair loss/thinning on accutane? Can something as low as 10mg or 20mg cause a significant deal of hair loss?

Dr. Alvin Lin Dr. Lin
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How common is hair loss/thinning on accutane? Can something as low as 10mg or 20mg cause a significant deal of hair loss?

Hair loss: Apparently hair loss is a known side effect of isotretinoin. See http://www.dermnetnz.org/treatments/isotretinoin.html for more details. Tell prescribing physician about side effects & concerns. You'll need to decide which is more problematic for you. In theory, hair loss should be temporary and resolve after finishing your isotretinoin regimen. Don't forget there're other causes of hair loss. ...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. Janice Alexander
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Sparse Hair (Definition)

Sparse hair may be a symptom of a genetic or endocrine disorder, or may simply be a symptom of male-pattern baldness ...Read more