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Any treatment for traction alopecia other than avoiding traction?

Any treatment for traction alopecia other than avoiding traction?

Not really.: Dermatologists have certain prescription medications at their disposal that might speed up regrowth of hair lost through traction or other causes. But the primary cure for traction alopecia, as you suspected, is not tying or braiding your hair tightly. ...Read more

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Alopecia (Definition)

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Sikh teenager suffering from traction alopecia. Treatment?

Sikh teenager suffering from traction alopecia. Treatment?

Traction alopecia: generally will improve by changing hair care habits (no tight braids, plaits, buns or ponytails). In otherwise healthy people, normal hair growth will resume on its own. ...Read more

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I'm 20. I had long hair at a very young age. I cut them short a couple years ago. I seem to have traction alopecia now. What are the best treatments?

I'm 20. I had long hair at a very young age. I cut them short a couple years ago. I seem to have traction alopecia now. What are the best treatments?

Rogaine (minoxidil): Traction alopecia usually occurs from braiding hair too tightly at the root. If your hair is not braided, it is more likely that you have androgenetic alopecia. If this is the case, topical treatment with rogaine (minoxidil) or oral treatment with Propecia may be helpful. Consult a dermatologist for evaluation and treatment. ...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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What is the cure for traction alopecia?

Alopecia: Before doing anything else about traction alopecia I would recommend that you see your hairstylist to help you through this. If that isn't possible or doesn't work out, the next choice would be to see a dermatologist. It would not be unreasonable to see that doctor first. ...Read more

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Does traction alopecia ever let the hair grow back?

Usually Yes: Once the cause of the traction alopecia is removed the hair will usually grow back as long as it has not been going on for too long. Unfortunately, chronic traction alopecia can result in permanent hairloss in the area. ...Read more

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Does traction alopecia spread and will the hair grow back?

Usually No: Once the cause of the traction alopecia is removed the hair will usually grow back as long as it has not been going on for too long. Unfortunately, chronic traction alopecia can result in permanent hairloss in the area. Traction alopecia is not one of the conditions of hairloss that spreads unless the source of traction is spreading to other areas of the scalp. ...Read more

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Will keeping my hair in a loose bun cause traction alopecia?

Will keeping my hair in a loose bun cause traction alopecia?

Loose is fine.: Traction alopecia results from maintaining your hair pulled back tight to the scalp,which literally pulls the front hairs out from the scalp. Keeping a loose bun or ponytail should be fine. ...Read more

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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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