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What is the most likely cause of hair loss?

What is the most likely cause of hair loss?

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

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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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I have been using cosopt for glaucoma in one eye for 1 month. So far no side effects. How likely is it for cosopt to cause hair loss?

I have been using cosopt for glaucoma in one eye for 1 month. So far no side effects. How likely is it for cosopt to cause hair loss?

Unlikely: I do not think I have seen any cases of this. Cosopt is s good drug and it is generic. Sounds like it is working, so stay with it. I'm surprised someone did laser first for early disease. ...Read more

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I've got hair loss from my head, legs, underarms & all over my body. I'm not anemic, my THS is normal, & I'm not stressed. What is the likely cause?

I've got hair loss from my head, legs, underarms & all over my body. I'm not anemic, my THS is normal, & I'm not stressed. What is the likely cause?

Think about biopsy: You may have alopecia areata. Especially nowadays, when many male fitness exemplars shave their entire bodies and many women profess to dislike men's body hair, this can be a HUGE plus. Stay super-fit and you'll look and feel better than 95% of other guys, regardless of where you do or don't have hair. ...Read more

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What could be the cause of hair loss on a daily basis?

What could be the cause of hair loss on a daily basis?

Thyroid,genetic,scal: The hir loss may be due to thyroid dosease, genetic like male pattern baldness, and local conditions of the scalp see your doctor. ...Read more

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What is the cause of hair loss and what can I do to prevent it?

Many: There are many causes including infections, nutrition, chronic illnesses, toxins, stress, and rarely in women, genetics. Prevention depends on the cause so you should get a full evaluation by your doctor. ...Read more

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I am a female in my in my early 20s and have started to lose lots of hair daily. I don't know the cause of hair loss. But I have been under stress. ?

See a dermatologist: There are several types of hair loss from different causes and with different treatments. You need an exam by a pro. Emotional stress is NOT likely to be the reason. When you go, be prepared to discuss pregnancies, birth control, menstrual history, illnesses, injuries and surgeries, weight change. Bring all meds, vitamins, nutritional supplements, etc. ...Read more

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How much weight loss is considered "dramatic" and possible cause of hair loss?

How much weight loss is considered "dramatic" and possible cause of hair loss?

Weight loss: I don't think hair loss is related weight loss. How much weight loss is "dramatic" depends on how much weight you have lost and how quickly. If you are overweight don't aim for more than 1/2 to 1 lb a week until you are comfortable with your weight. ...Read more

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What happens if you're slightly anemic, indicating low iron levels, could this be a cause of hair loss?

What happens if you're slightly anemic, indicating low iron levels, could this be a cause of hair loss?

Yes: Telogen effluvium can be triggered by iron deficiency. However, don't make the assumption of a relationship and if you're iron-deficient, look for the cause. Best wishes. ...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. Emily Altman
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Baldness (Definition)

Baldness is a clinical finding where there are areas of scalp ...Read more