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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've alopecia taking levo 25 for hypothyroid got steroid injections but my hair falling out in clumps what blood test I should do what's the solutions?

I've alopecia taking levo 25 for hypothyroid got steroid injections but my hair falling out in clumps what blood test I should do what's the solutions?

Not much: Unfortunately if your thyroid and your iron level are normal and you still have hair loss, there is not much you can find out in terms of blood test. Is this alopecia areata? it is linked to thyroid disease, which you are being treated for already. ...Read more

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Can a severe dry scalp cause pain and hair loss? Hair falling out in clumps and my husband said my scalp looks dry and flaky. Scalp feels tender

Can a severe dry scalp cause pain and hair loss? Hair falling out in clumps and my husband said my scalp looks dry and flaky. Scalp feels tender

See a dermatologist: How long since delivery? Nursing? Any meds or vits not listed? Blood TSH and T4? Begin with a diagnosis by a skin specialist. Telogen effluvium is common after delivery. Skin and hair changes related to estrogen/ progesterone changes can be considered. Seborrheic dermatitis, infections, psoriasis, LE, and other diagnoses demand a skilled exam and evaluation to sort it out and begin specific thera ...Read more

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14wks pregnant taking levothyroxin 50 have hypothyroid from 2month hair falling out in clumps what should I do taking prenatal daily soon will be bald?

14wks pregnant taking levothyroxin 50 have hypothyroid from 2month hair falling out in clumps what should I do taking prenatal daily soon will be bald?

Pregnancy can: Lead to hair loss, which usually returns after delivery. Hypothyroidism leads to hair breakage, not loss -- and the hair will grow out normally after your thyroid level is normalized with brand name replacement only. Have your thyroid level checked at intervals during your pregnancy, as your needs for replacement can change frequently during this time. ...Read more

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Severe joint pain nausea nose sores mouth sores malaise for 9 months now hair falling out in clumps. ANA pos but SM and DNA neg. My rheum dk why help?

Severe joint pain nausea nose sores mouth sores malaise for 9 months now hair falling out in clumps. ANA pos but SM and DNA neg. My rheum dk why help?

Possible lupus: Your symptoms do sound rheumatologic in nature more specifically systemic lupus erythematosus. Unclear about the nausea but rest may be related to lupus. You do not necessarily need to have positive Sm or DNA antibodies. ...Read more

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Age:14, my hair falls out. Not in clumps and I don't have any bald spots. I straighten my hair once a week at 410° degrees. Help!?

Age:14, my hair falls out. Not in clumps and I don't have any bald spots. I straighten my hair once a week at 410° degrees. Help!?

Broken hair: Stop straightening your hair. It is not falling out. It is breaking off. It will grow out at 1 cm per month. Why do girls with straight hair use curlers? They envy you. ...Read more

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What could be causing hair loss in my 4 year old? There are no noticeable bald spot, just clumps of hair falling out.

What could be causing hair loss in my 4 year old? There are no noticeable bald spot, just clumps of hair falling out.

Alopecia Areata: Alopecia areata is a common autoimmune skin disease resulting in the loss of hair on the scalp and elsewhere on the body. It usually starts with one or more small, round, smooth patches on the scalp and can progress to total scalp hair loss (alopecia totalis) or complete body hair loss (alopecia universalis). ...Read more

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Why is my hair falling out?

Why is my hair falling out?

Many reasons.: Thryoid problems can cause hair loss. Nutritional deficiencies--biotin, magnesium, zinc- can also cause hair loss. Is it in one area or all over? If it is falling out in patches, you need to see a dermatologist. Finally stress--physiologic- such as an illness, surgery, pregancy, can cause hair loss about 6 months later. See your doctor. It can be a sign of another systemic illness. ...Read more

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Why is my hair falling out a lot?

Why is my hair falling out a lot?

See your doctor: Having these types of symptoms can best be solved by having your doctor perform a thorough evaluation. Only through this type of process can he/she discover what's going on and how best to help you. ...Read more

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Why is my hair falling out at 18?

Why is my hair falling out at 18?

Unusual!: You need a proper evaluation for hair loss- blood work, possibly a biopsy. Get to a dermatologist or start with your primary. Make sure that your liver, kidneys, and thyroid are ok- also make sure that you're not anemic! ...Read more

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Why is my hair falling out so much?

Why is my hair falling out so much?

Telogen Effluvium: 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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Why is my hair falling out? I'm only 28.

Why is my hair falling out? I'm only 28.

Telogen Effluvium: 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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Why is my hair falling out by the handful in the shower?

Why is my hair falling out by the handful in the shower?

Hair loss: Don't know your gender or your medical history. Genetics can play a role in hair loss. It may be seen as a side effect of a nubmer of medications & medical conditions and can be affected by changes in hormones. Your dermatologist can do a thorough assessment to determine the cause of excessive hair loss. However, the etiology is not always determined. ...Read more

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Why is my hair falling out? I find it everywhere all around the house

Many reasons: There can be many reasons for hair loss including thyroid disease, low iron stores (ferritin levels), significant weight loss, hormonal problems or stress. You should be a value weighted by an endocrinologist and or a dermatologist. ...Read more

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I had a baby 4 months ago, why is my hair falling out so much?

I had a baby 4 months ago, why is my hair falling out so much?

Postpartum change: This is a really interesting and common problem. You can hate it but your hair will come back. What happens is that in pregnancy all your hair stalls in a particular hair stage. It falls out less during pregnancy but then after your hormones decrease, it comes out at once. The follicles that make hair are fine though and it will recover. It may take some time though so be patient. ...Read more

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Why is my hair falling out, I'm 67 year old woman no health problems?

Why is my hair falling out, I'm 67 year old woman no health problems?

Hair Loss In Women: The most common cause of hair loss in women is stress and depression. See your primary care physician for further evaluation. ...Read more