Hair Loss - Symptoms
Hair loss can occur as thinning, in which you may not notice hair falling out, or as shedding, in which clumps of hair fall out.
Hair Loss - What Happens
What happens in hair loss depends on its cause -- whether it is inherited or not.
Hair Loss - Health Tools
This health tool will help you make wise health decisions or take action regarding hair loss medications.
Hair Loss - Cause
Excessive hair loss (more than 100 hairs a day) can be caused by inherited factors, disease, stress, medications, injury, aging, or hair care.
Hair Loss Caused by Lack of Protein - Topic Overview
Hair loss may occasionally be caused by lack of protein in the diet. Some people who go on crash diets that exclude protein or who have abnormal eating habits may develop protein malnutrition. When this happens,the body will help save protein by shifting growing hairs into the resting phase. Increased hair shedding can occur 2 to 3 months later. This condition can be reversed and prevented ...
Causes of Hair Loss: Medicines and Medical Treatments - Topic Overview
Medicines and medical treatments can cause hair loss. Medicines Many medicines that can cause hair loss include: Medicines used to treat cancer ( chemotherapy ). Birth control pills. Women who lose hair while taking birth control pills usually have an inherited tendency toward hair thinning. If hair thinning occurs,a woman can consult her doctor about switching to another birth control pill ...
Causes of Hair Loss: Diseases - Topic Overview
Diseases that can cause hair loss,thinning,or breakage include: Lupus,in which hair tends to become brittle and may fall out in patches. Short,broken hairs ("lupus hairs") commonly appear above the forehead. Hair loss is usually not permanent. Some people with lupus also develop a form of lupus called discoid or cutaneous lupus that affects only the skin ("cutaneous" refers to skin). ...
Hair Loss - Surgery
Surgery to cover bald areas of the scalp may be used to treat hair loss. If successful, surgery may be a permanent treatment for hair loss.
Hair Loss - Exams and Tests
Your health professional will ask you questions about your hair loss and what's causing it.
Hair Loss - Medications
Medications for hair loss can slow thinning of hair and increase coverage of the scalp by growing new hair and enlarging existing hairs. However, they need to be taken continuously.