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Hair Loss in Men and Women (Alopecia)

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Hair loss facts

  • Hair loss is a very common condition and affects most people at some time in their lives.
  • Hair loss from breakage of the hair shaft is different than hair loss due to decreased hair growth.
  • Androgenetic hair loss is seen in both men and women but is more dramatic in men.
  • Thyroid disease, anemia, protein deficiency, chemotherapy, and low vitamin levels may cause hair loss.
  • Alopecia areata is a form of hair loss produced by the autoimmune destruction of hair follicles in localized areas of skin.
  • Medications indicated for hair regrowth include minoxidil (Rogaine) and finasteride (Propecia).
  • Prevention of hair loss includes good hair hygiene, regular shampooing, and good nutrition.
  • Medical health screening for hair loss may include blood tests such as complete blood count (CBC), iron level, vitamin B, thyroid function tests (TFT), and a biopsy of the scalp.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 8/8/2017

Source: MedicineNet.com
https://www.medicinenet.com/hair_loss/article.htm

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