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Medical Reference Related to Hair Loss

  1. Hair Problems

    WebMD looks at the causes and treatments of common hair problems, including gray hair, hair loss, hair damage, and greasy hair.

  2. Drug-Induced Hair Loss

    WebMD explains how certain medications can lead to hair loss.

  3. Hair Analysis

    Hair analysis uses samples of hair for DNA analysis or to detect illegal drug use (such as the use of cocaine). Hair samples are tested using various chemicals and analyzed under a microscope.

  4. Alopecia Areata - What Happens

    What happens in hair loss depends on its cause -- whether it is inherited or not.

  5. Alopecia Areata - 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). ...

  6. Alopecia Areata - 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.

  7. Alopecia Areata - Topic Overview

    Alopecia areata is hair loss caused when the immune system attacks hair follicles,where hair growth begins. Contact immunotherapy is an experimental therapy that may be the most effective treatment for severe alopecia areata. 1 A common medicine used is diphenylcyclopropenone (DPCP). DPCP,a liquid,is "painted" on the scalp once a week. The concentration of the solution is increased at ...

  8. Types of Hair Loss - 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 ...

  9. Alopecia Areata - 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.

  10. Alopecia Areata - Topic Overview

    What is alopecia areata?Alopecia areata is a type of hair loss that occurs when your immune system mistakenly attacks hair follicles, which is where hair growth begins. Experts do not know why the immune system attacks the follicles. Alopecia areata is most common in people younger than 20, but children and adults of any age may be affected. What happens in alopecia areata?Alopecia areata usually

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