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Doctor insights on: What Would Cause Your Hair To Fall Out

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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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Will diabetes cause your hair to fall out?

Will diabetes cause your hair to fall out?

May compound, yes: Since dm degrades both macrovascular & microvascular blood supply to tissues and increased sugar changes/interferes with the function of most cellular proteins, yes it likely affects the health of hair follicles. Also all hair follicles have dormant periods during which the hair, which has stopped growing, falls out. However, this is a complex issue with many other factors, many still poorly known. ...Read more

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Can dieting cause your hair to fall out and your skin to be dry?

Can dieting cause your hair to fall out and your skin to be dry?

Yes: Yes it absolutely can, especially if you are lacking certain minerals and vitamins and if your meals are not balanced. ...Read more

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Can prednisolone cause your hair to fall out? What cab I use to help it grow back?

Prednisolone: Prednisolone can make your hair brittle so it seems like your hair is falling out. You can try a moisturizing shampoo and conditioner. ...Read more

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Can sle cause your hair to fall out?

Can sle cause your hair to fall out?

Lupus and hair loss: Hair loss is a common symptom of lupus. Hair loss can also be seen with many other conditions. ...Read more

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Can allergic dermatitis to hair dye cause your hair to fall out?

Can allergic dermatitis to hair dye cause your hair to fall out?

Possibly: In addition to a scalp rash it is possible to experience hair loss with contact dermatitis to hair dye. However dying or bleaching hair can also damage hair and cause hair loss. See a doctor preferably one experienced in contact dermatitis for evaluation such as a dermatologist or allergist. ...Read more

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Can elavil (amitriptyline) cause your hair to fall out? I'm taking it for vulvodynia and my hair is thinning and I see it all over the floor in my home.

Can elavil (amitriptyline) cause your hair to fall out? I'm taking it for vulvodynia and my hair is thinning and I see it all over the floor in my home.

It's not likely: That Elavil (amitriptyline) is causing ur hair loss. It's not known even among the rare side effects. However, please go back as soon as u can 2 the doctor who prescribed it 2 u 2 discuss the hair loss issue & Elavil (amitriptyline) concern 2 have it checked up. S/he might refer you to a dermatologist consultation for further evaluation & help. Take care and best wishes. ...Read more

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What causes your hair to fall out?

Check thyroid: For a woman in your age range I would check your thyroid blood test and ANA blood test. If those are normal other tests can be pursued. ...Read more

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Will scratching my head lightly when it's itchy cause my hair to fall more?

Will scratching my head lightly when it's itchy cause my hair to fall more?

Itchy scalp: Scratching your hair lightly should not cause your hair to fall out but please stop scratching. You could go to a doctor, or, better still, get your hair handled by a good hair stylist. ...Read more

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What causes your hair to fall out after surgery and what can I do to make it stop.?

What causes your hair to fall out after surgery and what can I do to make it stop.?

Depends on chemo: Some forms of chemotherapy attack the systems in a cell that cause it to divide and grow. This is a good way to fight cancer but it also targets things that grow quickly like hair, the lining of your mouth and intestines. Some cancers have specific targets for which there are drugs - these do not attack your hair. Depending on the cancer there may or may not be a more selective type of chemo. ...Read more

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My 28 month old son has an apparent fungus in his head which caused some of his hair to fall off leaving a patch what meds can I use?

My 28 month old son has an apparent fungus in his head which caused some of his hair to fall off leaving a patch what meds can I use?

Needs prescription: He needs to see his doctor and will need prescription medicine called griseofunvin and an anti fungal shampoo. So make an appt with the pediatrician. ...Read more

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What can cause hair to fall out?

What can cause hair to fall out?

Few common ones: Severe and prolonged illness, chemo, medication/withdrawal of such (i.E ocps), and following pregnancy are few common examples of causes of hair loss (falling-out). These will grow back in time. U lose about 150 hair per day, but those with longer hair and braid/tie their hair see fall-out more during showering because the fallen hair are still held in tie until release/shower/brushing. Good luck. ...Read more

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What common diseases can cause hair to fall out excessively?

What common diseases can cause hair to fall out excessively?

Hair loss: Telogen effluvium is a form of nonscarring alopecia characterized by diffuse hair shedding, often with an acute onset. A chronic form with a more insidious onset and a longer duration also exists. Telogen effluvium is a reactive process caused by a metabolic or hormonal stress or by medications. Generally, recovery is spontaneous and occurs within 6 months. ...Read more

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Does HIV cause hair to fall out?

Does HIV cause hair to fall out?

It may: Seborrheic dermatitis and telogen effluvium can both be precipitated by HIV though most people who have hair loss from these are not infected with hiv. If you have any concerns that you may have HIV on your mind, you owe it to yourself to find out the truth. Get with your physician. Either result is better than worrying. ...Read more

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Implanon causes my hair to fall out. What to do?

Implanon causes my hair to fall out. What to do?

Not much: Hair loss is a reported adverse outcome in some women using Implanon although it is not a common complaint. First I would investigate with your doctor other causes like thyroid disease. If all else is normal then you may have to switch birth control methods. ...Read more