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Woman;s hair loss from a crash diet?

Woman;s hair loss from a crash diet?

Will stabilize: The hair will return over a period of 6 months but rogaine (minoxidil) could be used in interval as stimulant to hair growth. Suggest checking blood for thyroid status, as well as iron levels. These can contribute to hair loss. ...Read more

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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Is it possible for a woman to have hair loss and a little acne without PCOS? No other pcos signs! Is it dairy?

Is it possible for a woman to have hair loss and a little acne without PCOS? No other pcos signs! Is it dairy?

Yes, unlikely dairy: Many things can interrupt the normal growth of hair so that it stops growing and lost hairs are not replaced by new. Most common is significant illness, chemicals, esp cancer Rx, hormone imbalance such as thyroid or cortisol, and autoimmune disorders. Your doctor can do blood tests to check these out. ...Read more

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How to prevent hair loss - woman in late 40s?

How to prevent hair loss - woman in late 40s?

Possible Tel Effl: Late 40 women may have onset of telogen effluvium.Wash hair nightly Don't Brush hard Blow dry carefully Some of the TE may return in future ...Read more

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What would a dermatologist prescribe a 25 year old woman with moderate hormonal hair loss? Topical recommendations are appreciated.

What would a dermatologist prescribe a 25 year old woman with moderate  hormonal hair loss? Topical recommendations are appreciated.

First a derm would: need to find out the cause of the hair loss to determine best treatment. I do love oral supplements like viviscal, but would need to see your hair loss to determine topicals. OTC rogaine (minoxidil) for women can't hurt, but see derm for answers ...Read more

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Is there "real" help for hair loss for women? 2 long story. Anesthesia started it. Hasn't changed. I am mortified. 1/2's gone.

Is there "real" help for hair loss for women?  2 long story. Anesthesia started it. Hasn't changed. I am mortified. 1/2's gone.

Lots of reasons: Go see your family doc and even get a referral to a dermatologist specializing in hair loss. First, remember that stress can lead to hair loss. Child birth & hospitalization are classic causes of stress but so is surgery. Hair eventually comes back several months later. Thyroid disease can do this too. So can too much testosterone & its derivative, dihydrotestosterone. So get tested and see derm. ...Read more

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What causes female hair loss?

What causes female hair loss?

Plenty of factors: There are several reasons for female hair loss = hormonal, genetic, medications, environmental. Some of these can be evaluated by blood tests or looking through the meds you are taking or checking your family's hair histoty. The one that you can do something about is the environmental = your stress level, amount of rest you're getting, your hair products. ...Read more

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What can lead to hair loss in women?

What can lead to hair loss in women?

Low iron,thyroid: Many things can lead to hair loss including heredity, iron deficiency, an under active thyroid or hormone abnormalities associated with polycywtic ovaries. Temporary cause of hair loss include high fever, anesthesia, medications, rapid weight loss, and hair loss after delivering a baby. A proper diagnosis needs an exam and blood tests. ...Read more

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What can I do to stop female hair loss?

What can I do to stop female hair loss?

Go see your doctor: You need to go and see your doctor to diagnose why you are losing your hair. You need to figure that out first and then you may be able to formulate a strategy to address the hair loss. For example, if your thyroid is not working well or you are vitamin deficient, you would simply treat the thryoid disease or replace the deficient vitamin. Hope this helps. ...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