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How to know if you have severe traction alopecia what are the symptoms of severe traction alopecia and temporary traction alopecia? Please help

How to know if you have severe traction alopecia what are the symptoms of severe traction alopecia and temporary traction alopecia? Please help

Permanent vs temp.: It depends on the severity/frequency of traction and individual anatomic differences. However, the longer traction is present, the more likely loss will be permanent. Stop the traction and allow several months of growth to take place. Try using minoxidil for women (avail without Rx). If hair does not return in 6 to 9 months, then the loss is likely permanent. ...Read more

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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


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What is traction alopecia?

What is  traction alopecia?

Traction alopecia: Loss of hair due to traction tension on the hair bearing area. ...Read more

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How do I know if have traction alopecia?

How do I know if  have traction alopecia?

See a dermatologist: Traction alopecia can be easily diagnosed by a dermatologist. The diagnosis is usually made by taking a thorough history of the problem and performing an in-depth scalp examination to look for clues. I would see a dermatologist to find help. ...Read more

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How can I repair damage from traction alopecia?

How can I repair damage from  traction alopecia?

Tarction alopecia: First thing you do is leave your hair open or tie very loosely. If your hair follicles have not been damaged permanently, your hair will eventually grow back. ...Read more

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How do I know if my traction alopecia is severe?

How do I know if my traction alopecia is severe?

Alopecia: The only way you would no will depend on your symptoms - frequent/regular? Please make another appointment with your doctor. I would appreciate hearing how things get along. ...Read more

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How to know if I am developing traction alopecia?

How to know if I am  developing  traction alopecia?

Thin hairline: Breakage and thinning hairline which is thin from too tight a hair style. Change hair style immediately. ...Read more

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I have traction alopecia, when is it too late to reverse it?

Traction alopecia: Tractional alopecia is an inflammatory hair loss that ultimately results in scarring of follicles after repeated damage. Whether it is reversible or not depends on how many hair follicles have already completed the scarring process. It is certainly worth a try to save as many follicles as possible by absolutely stopping any traction and by treating the inflammation. Please see your dermatologist. ...Read more

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I have traction alopecia. When would it be too late to reverse it?

I have traction alopecia. When would it be too late to reverse it?

See below: This problem mandates a real-time (face-to-face) meeting with a doctor. A history has to be taken along with a examination as well as labs and other tests. Only after all this will your doctor be in a position to tell you what's wrong and what needs to be done to help you. ...Read more

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I stopped the traction but what can I do now to fix traction alopecia?

I stopped the traction but what can I do now to fix traction alopecia?

Minoxidl and steroid: Topical minoxidl may stimulate regrowth. Also dermatologist can inject dilute cortisone shots once a month and regrow some or most of hair. Expect 3 to 6 months to see regrowth. ...Read more

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I have had traction alopecia for a while now, is it too late to reverse it?

Traction: Some of the damage from traction on hair follicles can be permenant.Remaining undamaged follicles can have close to normal hair growth. ...Read more

Traction (Definition)

Traction is the use of a pulling force to treat muscle and skeleton disorders. Compliments of the ...Read more


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