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What does it mean when your hair falls out?

What does it mean when your hair falls out?

More info?: Many possibilities: male pattern baldness, thyroid disease, skin condition, cancer, chemotherapy, malnutrition, trichotillomania (hair pulling/hair eating), over zealous barber... ...Read more

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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 does this mean when the hair falls out like man's?

What does this mean when the hair falls out like man's?

Depends on cause...: 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, finasteride, hair transplants, ...). Medical causes may include: hormonal problems (low thyroid), seborrhea, alopecia areata, stressful illness. Other causes: genetic male/female pattern baldness, telogen effluvium. ...Read more

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When hair falls out with little bulbs (follicles?) at the end does it mean the hair on that spot won't grow back anymore?

When hair falls out with little bulbs (follicles?) at the end does it mean the hair on that spot won't grow back anymore?

YES: Loss of the follicle means loss of that hair.....more hair, however will (in most cases) grow back (unless a part of male pattern baldness or alopecia (hair loosing diseases) ...Read more

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Hair falls out without any spots at the end does it mean that my hair follicle has stopped producing hair please help?

Hair falls out without any spots at the end does it mean that my hair follicle has stopped producing hair please help?

Hair Loss: The causes of hair loss are numerous. It would be impossible for me to give you an accurate diagnosis with such limited information. I recommend you consult with a respected board certified dermatologist who can evaluate your history, physical exam and perform any necessary tests (lab, biopsy etc) to arrive at the correct cause. ...Read more

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Is it true that stress can cause hair loss? Not in patches...I mean like running your fingers thru your your hair and about 30 strands falling out.

Is it true that stress can cause hair loss? Not in patches...I mean like running your fingers thru your your hair and about 30 strands falling out.

Hair loss: Yes it is possible that stress can cause hair loss but it is important to also rule out medical causes. See your primary care doctor to rule out the medical causes. If medical causes are ruled out, then monitoring and managing stress would be the next strategy. ...Read more

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What to do for hair falls?

What to do for hair falls?

Depends: It depends on the cause. There are many causes including infection, malnutrition, and certain diseases. See a qualified, high-quality doctor for a full evaluation. Then the proper treatment can be determined. ...Read more

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My hair falls out so much what can be the cause?

My hair falls out so much what can be the cause?

Telogen Effluvium: Telogen effluvium which is where the hair goes onto a shedding cycle, may be caused by eating disorders, fever, childbirth, chronic illness, major surgery, anemia, severe emotional disorders, crash diets, hypothyroidism, and drugs. ...Read more

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What is missing from your diet if your hair falls out?

What is missing from your diet if your hair falls out?

Resting phase: Approximately 10% of hair follicles are in the 'resting phase' during which time the fall out to make room for new growth. Up to 100 hairs lost per day can be considered as normal. Infection, stress, nutritional deficiencies, certain diseases and hormone fluctuations can cause excessive hair loss. Lab tests can help you determine the cause. ...Read more