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My husbands hair is falling out A LOT all of sudden. He's only 19. No bald patches but hair is thinning.

My husbands hair is falling out A LOT all of sudden. He's only 19. No bald patches but hair is thinning.

Thinning hair: Please ask him to see his physician for a history, physical and screening bloodwork. Some early male pattern balding is genetically early, but 19 is very young. ...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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My husbands hair falls out a lot everyday. Hes only 19. No bald patches only hair falling out when you touch them. Its A LOT of hair falling out.

My husbands hair falls out a lot everyday. Hes only 19. No bald patches only hair falling out when you touch them. Its A LOT of hair falling out.

See a dermatologist: Need exam by skin specialist. Alopecia areata? Telogen effluvium? Androgenic alopecia? Poisoning or drug effect? etc etc ...Read more

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I've had hair falling out and a itchy and hurting scalp for about 2 months. There is no patches or anything scaly . I've tried everything help!!!

I've had hair falling out and a itchy and hurting scalp for about 2 months. There is no patches or anything scaly . I've tried everything help!!!

See Dermatologist: You should see a dermatologist to check your scalp. Also stress and nervous conditions can cause problems with your hair. ...Read more

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Red scaly patch and itching with white flakes in head ? Hair falling out i had sarcoidosis that affected lungs

Red scaly  patch  and  itching  with  white flakes in head ? Hair  falling out  i had sarcoidosis  that  affected lungs

Lupus vs. other: While sarcoid can affect the skin, discoid lupus or another autoimmune disease are also possible. See you doc and possibly a rheumatologist. ...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.

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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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