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What Causes Hair Loss At A Young Age
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
For a few years I've been having problems with hair loss and thinning. I'm young and have no other health issues that cause it, what else can I try?
There are a number of possible treatments, like minoxidil which a topical preparation you can apply to the affected area to stimulate hair growth.
I agree with the the previous comment however, you should have some basic investigations to ensure there is not a treatable cause. ...Read more
No: No, definitely not.Get a more detailed answer ›
Does wearing gel on your hair make you bald quicker as you age? What causes hair loss or grey hair?
More genetics: Most hair loss is genetic, from your parents. There are a few types of hair loss that may be caused by what you do. Certain medications you take can cause hair loss. In addition, certain hair styles that pull on the hair (corn rows, tight pony tails, etc) can cause hair loss. Too much hair manipulation too much brushing or hot hair blowing or curling irons & hair straightening not recommended. ...Read more
Hair loss: Thyroid deficiency would be more likely than vitamins. ...Read more
Possible causes...: 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 (some treatments: minoxidil, etc, . ..). Medical causes may include: hormonal problems (low thyroid), seborrhea, alopecia areata, stressful illness. Other causes: genetic male/female pattern baldness, telogen effluvium. ...Read more
Many...: There are many possible causes of hair loss. Hair loss can be caused by a medication, physical or emotional stress, anemia, thyroid disease, hormonal changes, autoimmune diseases or simply age/genetic. Your doctor will help you determine the reason for the loss. When it's due to aging, we can treat it with rogaine (minoxidil). ...Read more
Plenty of factors: There are several reasons for female hair loss = hormonal, genetic, medications, environmental. Some of these can be evaluated by blood tests or looking through the meds you are taking or checking your family's hair histoty. The one that you can do something about is the environmental = your stress level, amount of rest you're getting, your hair products. ...Read more
Sometimes: Aging related hair loss is called androgenetic alopecia. This is due to gradual minaturization of the follicles over time. Over-the-counter rogaine (generic=minoxidil) stops this process for as long as you use it. However, if you stop, the minaturization process begins again and hair loss restarts as though you've never used it before. So, for rogaine to work, you must use it for life. ...Read more
Depends on the type of hair loss. Mostly thyroid disease and stress. That stress can be physical or emotional.
There are other specific diseases that cause patchy hair loss and even complete hair loss.
Most primary care doctors and dermatologists can help you figure out the cause. ...Read more
Ionic hair dryer:
Only if it is not used carefully.
Read all the instructions.
Better still go online and look up all you can about "Ionic Hair Dryer" and then "Potential side effects of ionic hair dryer".
Do the wrong think and you won't like the outcome. ...Read more
Inherited baldness: "pattern baldness" is the most common cause of hair loss, and is usually inherited (it's in the genes). In men, it is called male pattern baldness or androgenic alopecia. Men get a receding hair line and hair loss on top of the head. In women, it is called female pattern baldness. Women get some hair loss from the whole scalp, so the hair looks thinner. ...Read more
Noogies hair loss: Do "noogies" damage the hair or cause hair loss? ANS: Please define exactly what you mean by a noogie as the definition seems to vary by the part of the world you are in. Also define how often and how hard a noogie you are talking about. I do no recall how you express the power of a noogie. Do you have a standard unit for a your noogie? Is is expressed as noogie or millinoogies? Send details. ...Read more
A variety of meds: There are a number of medications that can cause hair loss. In younger patients, the most common medications could include acne medications (isotretinoin), thyroid medications, and other hormones (including testosterone replacement). It would be most helpful to consult with a doc to see which one may be causing it. In most cases, drug-induced hair loss is reversible. ...Read more
Any number of medical issues can have a bad effect on your hair.
Start by seeing your doctor and if he/she thinks it necessary you will be referred to a Dermatologist. ...Read more
Maybe: There are many ointments. I don't know which ointment you're referring to. So I can't answer your question without additional information. ...Read more
Many causes.: You need to see a skin doctor for evaluation and treatment. ...Read more
Hair loss: Can be stress, tight hair clips/bands, hormonal. Check thyroid, androgens, polycystic ovary disease, autoimmune disease, certain medications like b-blockers, amphetamines, low iron (anemia), low zinc levels, fatty acid deficiency, low protein diet, anoraxia/bulemia, recent childbirth, starting stopping birth control pills, and family pattern of hair. Follow up with a dermatologist. ...Read more
See a doctor: Thyroid disease is one answer. Some blood test, done by a doctor, would be a good thing to find out why. ...Read more
Unlikely: Thallium poisoning is famous. Do you have any enemies? Hopefully you are not around plutonium. If you're having hair loss that's not male pattern baldness, the usual workup is in order, especially a thyroid check. If this is unproductive, it's unlikely that any chemical exposure will be found as the cause. ...Read more